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.