Wenger calls for independent panel to retroactively punish diving

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Arsene Wenger knows how to play the media game.

The Arsenal manager doesn’t mind a spat — verbal or physical — with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, and he also knows his team is not among those most often booked for diving in the Premier League.

We’re not saying Wenger is disingenuous, but when Mourinho cried that his club is being targeting for diving, the Gunners boss sure was ready to pile on.

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The 65-year-old Frenchman thinks an independent panel of experienced soccer minds should be able to retroactively punish divers.

From the BBC:

“I am against diving, but the only way players will stop doing it is if they can get punished,” Wenger said.

Wenger believes naming the guilty players alone “doesn’t work” and there is a need to hand out bans following the examination of video evidence.

“We should punish after the game,” added the Frenchman.

“The problem will be to decide when it was obvious diving or not. That is a big issue and sometimes it is not obvious.”

Chelsea has been booked four times this season, double the league’s second-highest offenders, and they lead the league in total offenses for the previous three years. Is that targeting, or just vision?

In any event, we doubt any soccer fans are going to mind if such a panel is created by the Premier League. Could it happen?