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Wenger demands law change to protect Arsenal stars

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants more protection for his players.

Wenger wants football's hard men banned after just three bookings - to stop Arsenal getting bullied.

The Frenchman is calling for the rules to be changed from the current system, where it takes five yellow cards to earn a one-match ban.

Wenger said: "I would say it's too lenient in England and I would like to see players get suspended after receiving three bookings."

Emmanuel Adebayor, Theo Walcott, Samir Nasri and Eduardo have all been crocked in bad tackles.

And after last month's 2-1 defeat at Stoke, Wenger accused the Potters of deliberately trying to injure his players.

Now he wants the Football Association to change the rules and help protect players from football's tough guys.

Wenger said: "For example, against Wigan Samir Nasri got injured after a tackle from Wilson Palacios who had no intention of playing the ball.

"We are left with a player who is out for three weeks, while what happens to the other guy? He gets a booking and might never be suspended.

"Where is the justice there? It's not the referees' fault - it's the system."

Wenger told the Arsenal magazine: "I don't think the standard of refereeing is any worse in England than in Europe, but because the punishment for yellow cards comes much quicker in European games it makes it easier for the referees.

"In the Premier League players stand in front of the ball, which you are not allowed to do, but the referees let them get away with it.

"In Europe you get a yellow card straightaway for that and players are more cautious of picking up bookings.

"That's because if you get three bookings in Europe you miss a game, whereas it's five before you miss a game in England.

"That's quite a long way to go before you get punished.

"I would also like to see suspensions applying to the same competitions, which means that if you get three bookings in the Premier League, you are suspended in the Premier League, not the FA or Carling Cup."

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