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Fight against racism is never won, says Wenger

posted 19 Oct 2012, 06:26 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 19 Oct 2012, 06:26 ]

Arsene Wenger manager says a lot is being done to combat racism in soccer but believes the fight will never be won.

LONDON COLNEY, NEAR LONDONUNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 19, 2012) (ITN) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday (October 19) a lot of work has been done to combat racism but admitted the fight "will never be won".

The Frenchman was talking after England's under-21 victory in Serbia on Tuesday night (October 16) which was marred by fighting between both teams at the final whistle amid allegations of racism from the stands towards England left-back Danny Rose. The claims are now being investigated by UEFA.

Chelsea captain John Terry, meanwhile, will start his four-game ban this weekend after he accepted the Football Association's charge for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand last year.

"I think against stupidity the best way is information (and) is knowledge of things and examples of behaviour of attitude; that is much more efficient than punishment but you have to do both because some behaviours cannot be tolerated," Wenger told reporters. "And I think it's not only racism black and white it's against all kinds of insults we still have in the stadiums where we have to fight more against it.

"You look at some faces when you walk around the pitch what they shout at you it's scary but that for me is racism."

Wenger added: "I think it's good that the society fights against it and I'm thinking it's getting better but it's never won that's a strange battle that is never won."

Arsenal play Norwich City in the English Premier League on Saturday (October 20) looking to make it two wins in a row away from home.

Before the international break Arsenal won 3-1 away to West Ham United and another victory against Norwich could propel them into the top four.

However, after two closely-fought matches last season which saw Arsenal win 2-1 away before having to come from a goal down twice to draw 3-3 at home, Wenger said it would not be easy against Chris Hughton's side.

"(They were) very hard games (last season) and for us it's to switch on for the game," Wenger said. "Before the break we finished well with a good game at West Ham, that's how we switch on the game straight away.

"We have two away games, West Ham and Norwich and to do well for us in these two away games of course will have a big impact on our position because we have then played eight games five away from home and so for us to get a good result tomorrow is very important."

Wenger added that his players would not show any complacency against a Norwichteam who are yet to win this season and only have three points from their seven games.

"I don't think (we will be complacent) because we have not won for a while (againstNorwich) and I think the team is hungry and knows that there's no room for complacency and no reason why you should be complacent," he said. "I Just think it's an away game in the Premier League and everybody's in danger everywhere in the Premier League so I believe that should keep us on our toes."

Arsenal are seventh in the Premier League on 12 points and will not want to lose any more ground with the teams above them but Wenger will be without France internationalLaurent Koscielny and England winger Theo Walcott.

Both players were injured while on international duty and are unlikely to feature in at least the next couple of games.

Jack Wilshere, another injured player, is making good progress after being on the sidelines for 14 months but Wenger believes it is too soon to talk about the midfielder playing for England at next summer's Euro 2013 Under-21 Championships.

"I believe at the moment that's a bit premature," Wenger said, "let's wait until Jack comes back and he has not played yet for 14 months; do you know what that is? Fourteen months out of competition and he works very hard, he's doing well but let's not go too far."