Wenger claims football can learn from sumo after fracas

Date published: Wednesday 13th December 2017 10:46

Arsene Wenger believes that football has a lot to learn from sumo after the Manchester derby tunnel fracas over the weekend.

Manchester City beat Manchester United 2-1 to establish an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, but there were ugly scenes when United boss Jose Mourinho took umbrage with their celebrations.

Wenger has been involved in his own bust-ups over the years, most notably with Alan Pardew on the touchline and the infamous Battle of the Buffet at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman spent two years managing in Japan before taking over at Arsenal and Wenger reckons sumo wrestlers can teach footballers how to win with dignity.

“It is difficult to take when you lose a big game, to see the 100 per cent celebration on the other side,” Wenger said.

“That’s why when I was in Japan I had sumo, because in sumo you never can tell the guy who won. He doesn’t show his happiness because of respect for his opponents and that shows how deep the culture is there for the respect for each other.

“To become yokozuna, that means the top of the top, you have to win at least two tournaments out of the six, and what is very interesting is you go in front of a committee.

“To become yokozuna, master of the master, you have an ethical judgement as well — if you did not behave well, even if you won the tournament you cannot become the yokozuna.

“We can always learn. What is interesting about living all over the world is you can learn from every culture.

“You get the feeling it is not only your culture that is the right one. There are good things in different cultures.”

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