Patrick Vieira believes the unique nature of the Premier League is in danger of being eroded by over-fussy refereeing.

Vieira produced some of the most memorable Premier League moments and his midfield battles with Roy Keane as the pair slugged it out for Arsenal and Manchester United were legendary.

"The beauty of the English game, especially in the Premier League, is the speed, the passion from the players and the tackling," said the Frenchman, now a Manchester City ambassador. "England is the only country in the world where fans in the stadium applaud the striker who has scored, but also the defender who wins the ball with a tackle."

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