WENGER BANS ACE OVER PASSPORT SCANDAL
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reports surfaced last weekend that Danilevicius was said to be the holder of a fake Greek passport, which allowed him to enter into the UK under false pretences.
If the reports are proved that the player registered with Arsenal as a Greek national, Wenger has promised to get rid of the player.
Danilevicius, who was born in Moscow, presented a Greek passport to officials when he arrived at Highbury to sign from Swiss club FC Lausanne last month, which qualifies him as an EU citizen and allows him to play in England.
The Frenchman dithered over a deal for the player earlier in the season because he held a Lithuanian passport and the club thought he would struggle to win a work permit.
The striker has made three appearances for The Gunners, all as a substitute, and Wenger is not prepared to take any risks with the player, as the club could be punished for fielding an illegal player.
"Tomas told us he has family in Greece and I've seen the Greek ID card that he has, but if it turns out that the passport is not correct we will not keep him here," said Wenger.
"At the moment he will not be involving him in any more Arsenal matches because once people start saying the passport is wrong then we have to check. We cannot just ignore it.
"When players arrive here we send their passports to the Football Association in good faith. If we check out all the passports ourselves we might as well check every detail of everybody else's life. I don't think that is our obligation.
"But now that this doubt has been raised I will be more wary of signing players from certain parts of the world in future.
"Tomas knows all about this and does not seem concerned but I don't believe it would be right to play him again until he is cleared," added Wenger.
Meanwhile Wenger has denied reports that he is set to leave Arsenal to take charge of the Japanese national team for the 2002 World Cup finals.
"There is no truth in the Japan rumours. I've said many times that I love my job, and I'm committed to what I do," said Wenger.
"I love my job at Arsenal. I'm committed to what I do and I want to see out my contract here."
"All I'm concerned about is to be successful every year and I have to concentrate on getting my team right and focusing on the long-term future at Arsenal," added Wenger.