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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the Premier League would benefit from the creation of a 'supreme' ethics committee to rule over high-profile incidents.

The Gunners boss wants the committee to be able to pass judgement on controversial incidents after the game, to help bring justice to the English top flight. The Emirates manager said he believed a clearer disciplinary process in the wake of a referee's decision would help clarify certain events and cut down on high-profile mistakes.

Pressure for change has increased in recent weeks, with calls for greater powers for retrospective action as high-profile incidents involving Ashley Young, Mario Balotelli and Shaun Derry have brought the issue into the spotlight.

Speaking to the Official Arsenal Magazine, Wenger said: "What you want is a system that is fair and a system that does justice for football."

Shaun Derry's red card at Old Trafford and Mario Balotelli's alleged stamp on Scott Parker have led to calls to give referees the ability to punish players after the game.

Wenger added: "Basically we are in the position at the moment where if somebody takes a player's leg off, if the referee has seen it and misjudged it, the player gets away with it. For me that is not acceptable.

"How can it be right that Shaun Derry is suspended and Mario Balotelli isn't?"

At present, if a referee has seen an incident and notes it in his match report, retrospective action cannot be taken as the official has dealt with the situation on the pitch. However, Wenger believes a new ethics committee could rule independently on football's 'grey areas', which would shore up present loopholes in the disciplinary system.

"I am convinced that a committee with a supreme authority - an ethics committee - could rule on some cases, and make sure justice is done. They should have the power after games, in exceptional circumstances, to make a decision above the referee. Then the system would be perfect."

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