Arsenal boss Wenger comments on racism in football

Arsene Wenger has issued a statement on discrimination and prejudices in the Premier League and in the sport in general.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his stance on being opposed to prejudices that exist in football, or in wider society as a whole.

"I agree that the only thing that should play a big part is the competence of people," he is quoted to have said by the club's official website recently.

One week ago, FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb said that prejudices in England are "right in front of your face" - and referenced the apparent struggle of Chelsea coach Eddie Newton as evidence. There is a distinct lack of black and ethnic minority figures in charge of the dugout, or even on the coaching payroll, and this points to an overt problem.

"There should be no discrimination at all, for anybody, and that everybody should have access to our job," Wenger said. "If I told you where I come from I think I was lucky that people trusted me in life and you would want that to be the case for everybody."

He continued: "I don’t know if it’s a real discrimination - there’s no legal discrimination and I would like to think there’s none.

"Personally, I am not aware enough of examples where people have not been chosen because they are not the person that people wanted.

"The only thing that counts is whether you believe that somebody can do the job or not and that’s vital. Sport is a bit ahead of that, at least for the players.

"As for managing and coaching, I don’t know. I don’t have enough knowledge about that situation."

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