Ian Wright has slated Newcastle fans and demanded that the authorities take action against them.
The (obviously unbiased) Arsenal legend says he was disgusted by the conduct of the home supporters as they reacted to Andre Marriner’s shambolic performance and questionable balance in his decisions.
I know that Ian Wright was used to playing in front of the Arsenal library but had never realised just what a sensitive soul he is.
The player turned pundit says he found the Newcastle fans ‘unfair and deeply offensive’ as they vented their fury at the referee.
I don’t think there is any football crowd that hasn’t reacted in a similar way to such a refereeing display and I’m sure that Andre Marriner has heard it all before and won’t be losing any sleep over it.
Whilst the result didn’t go the way of Newcastle fans, anybody who has been a regular at matches will know that often the best atmospheres are generated when there is a feeling of gross injustice, which was exactly the case on Saturday at St James Park.
So Ian Wright wants something done by the football authorities…what exactly has he in mind?
Newcastle to play at an empty St James Park as punishment for fans getting animated?
The authorities to demand all Newcastle supporters take the Arsenal fan vow of silence?
Ian Wright should be celebrating the fact that there are still football stadiums where passion can take over and such an atmosphere be created, even in eventual defeat.
I really begrudge the fact that even a penny of my TV license fee ends up in Ian Wright’s pocket and hopefully he will be removed from our TV screens in the near future .
Ian Wright speaking to The Sun:
“I was at the Newcastle v Arsenal match at the weekend, in the middle of the Toon fans, and was disgusted by the abuse they hurled at Andre Marriner.
“It wasn’t just a small group, it was thousands of them acting in unison, I found it unfair and deeply offensive.”
Referee was ‘spot on’:
“Andre Marriner got the decision to send off Aleksandar Mitrovic absolutely spot on. He went in over the top on Francis Coquelin with his studs showing and it was an automatic red card.”
“I don’t like to see bullying in any form and that’s what the Toon fans were doing, It is not on, and when it gets this bad the football authorities have to look at it and take action.”
After (former Arsenal player) Martin Keown’s equally ludicrous comments after the Newcastle v Arsenal match, it is about time that there was a move away from the bias shown in terms of how certain clubs (Arsenal, Liverpool) have an over the top presence amongst those supposedly offering unbiased comments on publicly funded (by fans of all clubs) TV.
It is ironic considering the constant disrespect shown by Arsenal’s players to referees (as witnessed with Martin Keown’s remarks), never mind what fans do. Plus, just as one example, when Newcastle got the benefit of (some) decisions back in 2001 in that 3-1 Laurent Robert inspired win, I don’t think the Arsenal fans were politely applauding the referee that night, nor indeed their players – with Thierry Henry’s behaviour particularly embarrassing.
***Read the follow-up article HERE, well worth a read!
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