Wenger discourages racism walk offs
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said walking off the pitch because of racism chants will not solve anything.
The topic comes up as a number of Tottenham Hotspur fans as well as players were reportedly subjected to abuse during Thursday evening’s Europa League clash at Inter Milan.
AC Milan forward Kevin Prince-Boateng was also exposed to racist abuse in a mid-season friendly game earlier this year against Pro Patria and took action by kicking the ball into the stands, before being followed off the pitch by his team-mates.
The protest caused the game to be abandoned and his decision to walk off the pitch was subsequently backed by various other players and commentators.
However experienced manager Wenger insists that these walk-offs will not solve any racism problem.
While he declared his disgust at racism incidents, he insists that there is a better solution than withdrawing from the game.
In an interview with Arsenal.com, he said: “I don’t think that walking off the pitch is the right answer.
“You have to isolate people who do that and punish them.
“If you walk off, you have no game anymore. When their team is losing, anybody could start racist chants and you basically get them to master the situation.
“It looks to be a recurring problem in Italy when English teams play there and it’s not acceptable.
“To ban them from football or ban the clubs if you can prove they do not punish their racist fans is a better answer.”