Arsene Wenger proves that football can learn from rugby

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In the London derby earlier this season, Arsene Wenger shoved his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho and showed no remorse for the ugly scenes on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.

Wenger claimed he reacted the way he did as he was furious about Gary Cahill’s challenge on Alex Sanchez, which he deemed worthy of a sending off. It was an incident that resulted in a scrum of players surrounding the referee and, of course, the fracas between the managers.

This lack of respect for authority is something that is seen across the leagues on a weekly basis and could easily be addressed if the Football Association would take a leaf out of rugby’s book.

It’s no wonder children often demonstrate similar behaviour when they see their role models in the Premier League confront and berate the mate officials.

When the referee blows the whistle in rugby and awards a penalty, players respect the decision regardless of whether it was the right one or not. What happened at Stamford Bridge would never happen at Twickenham.

Here are a few tips for the Football Association when they consider ways to eradicate indiscipline...

Sin Bin

Rugby players spend 10 minutes in the sin bin if they are given a yellow card for indiscipline or foul play.

The introduction of similar measures in football for bookings and transgressions such as diving would force players to clean up their acts.

Embrace Technology

Television Match Official, T.M.O as it's abbreviated, can assist officials with correct decision making. The system is used in rugby whereby officials can check a replay of an incident on the stadium big screen or ask for a replay to be checked by a fourth official.

The use of T.M.O may enhance football and bring an end to some of the hounding of the referees after a decision has been made.

Coaching or Managing From the Stands

Rugby managers give orders and watch their teams from the stands so avoid the awful scenes witnessed in the technical area at Stamford Bridge.

Football managers could manage from the stands and gives orders via radio.

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