Football FanCast columnist Billy Pearson is shocked, but delighted, that a club is making a stand against these vile Arsene Wenger chants.
You may love or loath United but they have gone right up in my estimations, given they are making a stand against their own support. Hopefully other clubs will look to follow suit, so we can go a long way in ridding the game of such vile abuse.
For those of you that haven’t been made aware, United are making it known that repeat performances of the obscene chanting aimed in the direction of Arsene Wenger will no longer be tolerated and those caught offending will have their season ticket revoked. Apparently it is Arsene’s old adversary that is championing this move and full credit to the Scot for taking this stance. It is refreshing to see, as managers normally don’t give a damn as to what their own supporters chant, or in McLeish’s case, they choose to turn a deaf ear to it, for fear of causing friction. United are making a stand and with their managers endorsement, via an open letter that is set to be sent out, it is likely to have a desired effect.
A United spokesman said: “We have gone on the record several times about this disgusting chant. We don’t condone it and have appealed to fans several times in the past but to no avail,
“There are many chants that opposing fans find objectionable, and this is certainly one to which all decent supporters should object.”
I couldn’t agree more and why I am shocked and surprised to see a rival club show sensitivity towards such a subject and is determined to make a stand against it, we can only hope it sets a trend throughout football. I know as Arsenal fans we have had our moments with other clubs, but hopefully we will be the next club that will look to take similar action, which will hopefully go some way towards rooting out this cancer off vile abuse from within our game.