Wenger states case for video trial

15 September 2010 07:40
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes video evidence should be available retrospectively to punish bad tackles.[LNB] Midfielder Abou Diaby - who suffered an horrific broken ankle at Sunderland during May 2006 - was ruled out of their Champions League opener against Braga following an over-the-top challenge by Bolton's Paul Robinson, which went unpunished by referee Stuart Attwell.[LNB]Wenger remains convinced the authorities should be able to take disciplinary action once such incidents have been reviewed.[LNB]Writing in his programme notes for the European tie, the Arsenal manager said: "I have seen the challenge on Abou Diaby again, and it should have been a straight red card.[LNB]"My regret is that video evidence cannot be used in these cases afterwards.[LNB]"I can understand that the ref did not see it, because he was in a bad position, but frankly the Premier League should be in a position whether they can suspend players who do this kind of thing.[LNB]"Diaby is now out for a few weeks, but it could have been a lot worse, as he couldn't walk afterwards."[LNB]Wenger's comments were echoed by Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.[LNB]The Spaniard wrote in his programme column: "The tackle on Abou was definitely a sending-off offence - it was horrendous and I think the authorities should look at it again and do something about it. Abou could have had his leg broken.[LNB]"I won't say that Bolton's approach was a surprise, but they went above the limit a few times. As well as that tackle there were the ones on Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny which were not nice to see either."

Source: Team_Talk