Arsene Wenger believes Marlon King still has a future in football once he serves his prison sentence.As what? A groundskeeper?
...Arsenal boss Wenger said: 'I believe that you have justice and it’s not my justice, it’s the justice England has decided to apply to any case.Let's recap on this case, shall we? This is a man who has been 'forgiven' again and again and again:
'When he has paid his sentence, of course you would consider it (signing King). That means you would never forgive anybody anything his whole life.
'When he paid his sentence some clubs, if they want, they will take him.’
It also emerged that King - who intends to appeal -had 13 previous convictions, including theft, assault and wounding, and he will be sacked by Wigan Athletic.So, it's not like he's being hounded after a first offence, is it? And let's not forget the sort of people he pals around with, and their view of the justice system. Is any club going to take on that kind of risk?
But Arsene is quick to avoid any issue of his job being at fault:
Wenger said: 'That he is a football player or isn’t a football player has nothing to do with what Marlon King did. He’s an individual.Nothing to do with it? Really?
Let's just remind ourselves of the words of Latics chairman Dave Whelan:
'We will not tolerate football players who get sent to jail for 18 months. As far as we are concerned, he is finished with football at Wigan Athletic.'Do any of these football managers not think that by tolerating anything and everything up to this arbitrary sentence that they are simply giving these people license to behave as they wish, with no fears of any consequences?