Wenger: Racism not inherent in football

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Old 28-Oct-2011
Harpreet Seehra
Wenger: Racism not inherent in football

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes racism is not widespread in sport but he accepts the battle for equality within general society continues.
The Football Association are currently investigating claims Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during last weekend's Barclays Premier League match at Loftus Road - which the England skipper categorically denies.
Terry sat out the midweek Carling Cup win over Everton, because he was one booking away from a suspension, and is expected to return to lead Chelsea against the Gunners at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking in general terms, Wenger suggested sport does not have an inherent racism issue.
"You want to fight against it. I never could understand racism," the Arsenal manager said.
"There are some cultural reflexes that you still have to fight against it."
Wenger added: "I do not think that in sport racism is basically a problem, because you are rewarded on merit.
"However, in society I still think there is some job to do, and we are not at the end of it.
"But in sport overall, I don't think it is a problem."

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