Sep 032009
 

Morning everyone.

The fallout has begun. For years and years Wenger has been subjected to the vilest of chants, as serious as any racial abuse, whenever we have made the trip to Old Trafford (and certain other grounds, too). The mainstream media occasionally give it a casual reference, but until yesterday it had never been properly addressed.

But now, thanks to some serious publicising by the likes of Arseblog, Gunnerblog, Goodplaya in their blogs, and the same trio plus East Lower and 7amkickoff on Twitter, the press have been forced to sit up and take notice. The online outrage has become too monolithic to ignore.

And that can only be a good thing – I’ve seen sneering comments in the mainstream media for a long time, aimed at the blogging community, as if somehow our opinions are worthless. But we post without agendas (other than as a fan), and most importantly, we post without an editor. Therefore, we can be as brutal, truthful or exposing as we like. Long may that continue.

The two media pieces appear in the Mirror and the Guardian. Both make good points, but looking at the comments there seem to be many who have completely lost their sense of perspective, justifying the chants on the basis that banter is welcome. Yes, banter is welcome, but the sort of chant Wenger has to put up with has gone far beyond that.

I’ve been chasing up my own angle on this. Having studied the FA’s vision document, it became clear that this sort of thing goes against everything they claim to stand for, so on that note I sent a lengthy email to their Customer Relations team earlier in the week, requesting their stance and plan of action.

I am still awaiting a response, but rest assured I will share any reply with you.

In addition, each club has to take responsibility for controlling fans, and on that note, I’ve asked United what they have done over the last decade to eradicate this problem. Again, no response as yet.

Both emails were polite, friendly, and enquiring, so don’t think I’ve gone down the avenue of an embittered fan, ranting and raving. I just want to know what they are doing, because they should certainly be doing something.

Watch this space.

  18 Responses to “Wenger chants may finally be addressed + awaiting response from the FA & United”

  1. Thanks for doing this on behalf of all Arsenal fans, I look forward to their responses.

  2. WHAT A BUNCH OF MOANERS YOU LOT ARE.

    YOU JUST CANNOT GIVE IT A REST.

    YOUR MANAGER IS A MOANY OLD SOD AND TAKES OFFENSE WHEN PEOPLE START ON HIM.

    AND YOU LOT ALL GET ON THE BANDWAGON OF SUPPORT.

    YOU JUST HAVEN’T GOT IT HAVE U ?

    HE IS PASSE – TIME FOR HIM TO GO – WON YOU ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR 5 YEARS.

    NOW, IF HE MANAGED YOUR LADIES TEAM – THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING.

    EVEN THE SPUDS ARE ABOVE U LOT

    [Ed: In other words, I am something of a plank.]

  3. Great initiative!

  4. No problem Arse&Nose and Michael, I’ll keep you posted.

  5. Steve,
    As i am sure many AFC fans will agree,politely GO AWAY.Any person,fan,human being,get my drift.
    Should never knowingly banter obsenties like Wenger is paedophile.In any persons book who has half a brain cell,would acknowledge that this is actually worse than racist banter,do you have half a brain Steve?

  6. Oh really Steve?! You must be a ManUre fan for sure talking like that. Who did yall loose to this season already? Burnley?! Whose that? And I suppose in you tiny little brain ManUre won that game on pure skill huh?! Get a Clue Muppet. Ronaldo is Gone, Tevez is Gone, ManUre is a one pony show now. And that red faced Greg Luganis wanna be aint shite mate.

  7. Folks, let’s keep it friendly. Steve is clearly looking for trouble.

    There are much bigger issues going on at the moment.

  8. Adam Venn, why waste your time replying to such a thing. Such THINGS are repulsive and dont even deserve the respect of such a lengthy response.

  9. i am greatfull you have taken the matter up with the appropriate parties. lets see what they say

  10. Totally agree wit adam venn…why should u care about us to winning game…so far we satisfied the way our team play beautiful game rather than watching your ugly stink team win the game…the way FA and manc f..k behave will make england become village idiot in the world.

  11. thanks for stepping up dude for the manager. I’m not mad we haven’t won any cups in 5, some teams never had one at all and made the cl. Don’t get me wrong. I want every piece of silverware we can get our hands on but life could be much harder then it is an arsenal fan. and stevie my best firend is a manu fan and he was shocked at the rooney gold medal dive HE WAS MORE UPSET THEN I WAS.

  12. Thank you for your initiative, it is much appreciated.

    It is clear that after the departure of David Dein the Board is a bit lightweight in defending our club. It is therefore up to us, the fans to start standing up for the cause.

    I am also appalled by the treatment given to Eduardo by UEFA. It is unclear whether the club would challenge this in a court of law, so it is up to the fans to do it. UEFA must compensate Arsenal for what happened against Liverpool in the Champions league 2 years ago. They did not intervene then and therefore have a hidden agenda in law. We supporters should sue UEFA in court and demand compensation.

  13. I’ve also emailed Amazon who are selling the chant as an MP3 download. They are refusing to remove it, so I’ve asked them to delete my Amazon account & remove all my personal details, as I will never use them again. If you have an Amazon account please do the same.

  14. i fully support u snooot…let’s them pay the cost..

  15. Hi mate,
    i have used some of this article for an update on the situation.
    http://justarsenal.com/amazon-refuse-to-ban-wenger-paedophile-chant-the-protests-grow/541
    I have given you due accreditation in the article, so i hope you don’t mind?
    Regards
    Pat

  16. PS I have now added you in my “Arsenal links” section!

  17. Pat, that’s great – thanks – the more publicity this all gets, the better. Keep up the great work :)

  18. Cheers
    It looked like it worked!

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