Earlier today, an excellent article was published on The Mag by John Martin, in the article John looked at over the top comments made by Ian Wright about Newcastle fans.
The former Arsenal player turned (Arsenal?) pundit, accused the Newcastle fans of bullying referee Andre Marriner, saying that he doesn’t like to see bullying of any kind and demanded that the football authorities take action against the United supporters.
Wright said he was ‘disgusted’ by the behaviour and said he found it ‘unfair and deeply offensive’.
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.”
So then, surely such an upstanding citizen such as Ian Wright, who gets so upset when nasty Newcastle fans shout at the referee, must have an impeccable record himself.
Surely nobody would be so arrogant to think that they could demonise thousands of football fans and get away with it, if they’d already boasted of doing something far worse themselves…?
Our thanks to Mag reader Steven Ions (@ions316) for pointing us towards an appearance Ian Wright made on BT Sport less than a year ago, it was on a programme hosted by Danny Baker and Danny Kelly.
Laughing and joking as he told his story, this is what Ian Wright was happy to relate, concerning when a referee had happened to upset him.
“I got sent off for West Ham against Leeds and it was one of those where you know, where you see someone and you say to them…’Just get off the pitch, it’s not going to change anything by chasing the referee around the players and everything’.
“So I get in and as I was going in the dressing room, I don’t know what happened, I just…the referee’s door was there – I kicked it in, I went in, threw all his clothes in the bath, smashed the telly up the wall, I went mad in there.
“I came out and as I came out – it was almost as though I came back to normal.”
Priceless. I don’t think arrogant hypocrite gets anywhere close but that cap fits better than the ones Ian Wright usually wears.