Premiership refs stuck in 1950s, grumbles Wenger

Sports | 4 Jan 2018

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit at Premiership referees by saying they are stuck in the 1950s.

Also in a blast at football authorities, Wenger called for a change in the handball rule after a controversial late penalty conceded by Arsenal's Calum Chambers in a weekend draw at West Bromwich Albion.

The Football Association charged Wenger following his conduct in the referees' changing room after that match.

Wenger claimed referee Mike Dean "saw what he wanted to see" at the Hawthorns and said referees must sharpen up. "They have to serve the game like we have to serve the game and try to give positive emotions to people who love football," he said.

"It's not appropriate in 2018 that the guy calls a player and speaks half a minute or a minute to say 'Look, you have to behave properly.' That is gone. People want crisp action, and a referee has to make sure it happens.

"It's like the 1950s [for a referee to say] 'If you're not nice I might punish you.' People in the stands don't want that. They want 'Come on, let's get on with it and play.'"

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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