Wenger Wants Action On Chants

Wenger Wants Action On Chants
Wenger Wants Action On Chants

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels action should be taken against offensive chanting at football grounds.

Wenger was on the receiving end of abuse from the stands during Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Stoke while midfielder Aaron Ramsey was booed.

The two clubs have had a difficult relationship since Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross was sent off for tackle that broke Ramsey's leg two years ago.

Shawcross has become a target for some Arsenal supporters and a section of Stoke's fans responded in kind at the Britannia.

Wenger said: "I've had enough experience to cope with that. It doesn't bother me too much. I don't listen to what people chant.

"I think one day football will have to tackle that. It's easy to sit in the stand and insult people. It's the easiest sport in the world.

"I focus on what I love in my job, which is football and the way my players behave on the pitch. I'm not responsible for the way people behave in the stands. If you want to stop that, it's easy to stop. You can isolate every single face.

"I think sometimes when I go out on the pitch at the end of the game, and people are angry or hateful, I would like a little picture to send home for them to show their son or daughter, and then come back next week and see if they will do it again, see if they are proud of you."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis stopped short of criticising his own fans but agreed that abuse can go too far:

"It is very difficult for us all.

"I go to grounds and get abused. It's not just Arsene. If you speak to Sir Alex (Ferguson), he gets absolutely slaughtered at some grounds. Is it acceptable? The powers that be have got to decide that."