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Arsenal boss condemns Paris Metro race incident

VIEWS: Arsene Wenger

IN LIGHT of last week's Paris Metro incident, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that football has an important responsibility in eradicating racism from society.

Chelsea Football Club have identified and suspend three supporters from Stamford Bridge following the incident where a black man was stopped from getting on a train and racially abused in the French capital.

Wenger says that anybody guilty of racial abuse must be banned from attending games, but accepts that racism is an issue of discrimination that goes beyond sport.

“I found it [the Paris incident] sad,” Wenger said. “Have you seen the pictures? I don't know how you can find any happiness in these kind of pictures. I think even English people are shocked as that's not the image I have of English fans.

“I still think in England it is a small problem, in France it is a small problem, but no matter how small it is, you have to try to eradicate it completely.

“Football is the most popular sport, the most public sport, the most [high-profile in media] sport, and that is why we have to have a bigger responsibility.

“Of course you accept that - I don't speak for me or you, I speak for a boy of 10 years old and sees that, that is the problem. We are old enough and strong enough to think that is stupid.

“You are against any signs of racism whether it is against a player at your club or from another club, we have to be conscious of that.”

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