Some strong stuff from Alan Shearer.

The Newcastle United (and England &) Premier League legend has been talking about abuse he has received in recent days.

Alan Shearer revealing he has even received death threats against his family.

The reason?

For saying that Arsenal didn’t deserve to beat Manchester United.

Seven days ago the two teams met in North London and despite having a man sent off and recording their lowest ever Premier League possession figure (25%), Jose Mourinho’s players walked away with the three points.

With 75% possession, 32 shots (16 on target), many Arsenal supporters were furious because Alan Shearer, starting with Match Of The Day, refused to agree that the home side had ‘deserved’ to win. Manchester United scoring with three of their four shots on target.

Only a David de Gea goalkeeping master class and smartly taken chances by Lingard (2) and Valencia stood between the Gooners and a win but Alan Shearer was only giving his opinion.

The reaction since though has been embarrassing from Arsenal fans in particular, so over the top because somebody won’t bow to them.

Little wonder supporters of other clubs see them as such a joke as they start campaigning against Arsene Wenger each time they don’t win a match.

What difference would it make if Alan Shearer turned round and said ‘Ok, I hold my hands up, you deserved to win 10-0’? Arsenal would still have no points from the match.

Referring to the death threats against his family, Alan Shearer asks the question: ‘Is that the world we live in now, or is just the world of social media? I hope it’s only the latter.’

The likes of Twitter does seem to make a lot of people think that it is a medium to be used where normal rules in life don’t exist, that you can be absolutely vile to other people for little or no reason, and there will be no repercussions.

Sadly they are right in most cases.

Hopefully Alan Shearer is correct in what he hints at and it is more of an embarrassing social media problem than anything worse.

Now we only need to see the mams of these Arsenal fans get a bit more active and ban them from Twitter.

Alan Shearer talking to Coral:

‘Everybody is entitled to their opinion but people seem to want to get angry about it.

We have been accused of being biased but unfortunately whenever we say anything negative about a side, some supporters seem incapable of accepting that criticism is not bias.

And yet they never accuse us of being bias against a team they don’t support. Strange eh?

I’m a Newcastle supporter but if they play poorly, I will say that they played poorly.

I always try to tell it how it is and to me it wasn’t rocket science to say that Arsenal overall were poor against a very good Manchester United on Saturday.

I haven’t got a problem with people having an opinion because that is what football is all about but when it gets nasty and you get death threats to your family on Twitter that’s when it becomes unacceptable.

Is that the world we live in now, or is just the world of social media? I hope it’s only the latter.’

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  • Colin Brumwell

    The usual keyboard warriors ,I doubt they have the balls to say it to anyones face,just sit in their darkened rooms

  • anyobrien

    Key board warriors but the authorities should be taken action against these cowards… Especially the super loyal gooners.

  • Leazes Ender

    Probably just upset at the biased opinions on MOTD….

    The expectation that the shows pundits create around certain clubs…. there are favorites there, and United isn’t one of them despite Mr Shearers presence.

    That expectation attached to Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manure doesn’t work the same for United…. we’re constantly told that we should know our place.

    Jenas’s opinion today, Spurs have to keep progressing year on year, and United are over reaching themselves.

    Oh yes Mr, Shearer…. if you call the Manure club ‘United’ again then I’ll feel like killing you!

  • Wor Lass

    I`d “just luv it” if one of those keyboard cowards actually got in Big Al`s face and threatened him – I reckon they`d get their teeth rammed so far down their throats they`d be able to stick their toothbrushes up their jacksies to clean them.

    • Leazes Ender

      Yup ……he played like a boxer as well… not so much the ‘beautiful game’ as ‘the noble art’.

      • Wor Lass

        A friend of mine was working on a roof at Blackburn`s training ground and tells the tale of Shearer absolutely scudding one of his team-mates. I can`t remember who it was but he was a first team player. Not a man to mess with!

        • Leazes Ender

          Chris Coleman.

          • Wor Lass

            Could well have been – i`ll message him. Maybe Al knew he was going to manage the mackems one day!

  • Viru leckworth

    Social media has become a tool for cretins who can threaten, deride, intimidate with anonymity. It is curious tool which can and should be used for good but unfortunately the non censorship it enjoys leaves it open to evil. I proclaimed fifteen years ago that the internet would turn out to be the biggest threat mankind has ever seen. The recent blackmailing of our NHS is but one example. More devastation will follow. Now that I have got that off my chest I hope upon hope we can finish with a win today.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Sad sad people.
    I’d love to see those people try it on with him in person though. 👊🏻

  • Albert Stubbins

    Society has a small percentage of weirdos and everyone can voice an opinion on twitter. It’s nieve of big Al or anyone to think some of these aforementioned weirdos won’t write down some hideous comments. Faceless idiots who wouldn’t dare make the same verbal comments face to face. Fortunately it’s just a small percentage but it demonstrates what a sick society we live in.

  • Paul Patterson

    Idiots the lot of them.
    However let’s not promote violence even in the form of ‘What Alan would do’ if one of the buffoons actually challenged him.
    I’m sure his initial response would be to tell them to just ‘Do one!’

  • Peter

    Appalling and ridiculous at the same time….if the culprits can be traced , they should be dealt with by the police…

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    I don’t recall fans being as vocal when Alan Pardew was getting death threats, or Mike Ashley. All wrong and pathetic but nevertheless, let’s be consistent

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Yes the abuse Ashley and Pardew have taken is beyond belief yet Shearer never mentions that he dishes it out plenty but never defends the threats that they had he just encourages it with his negative comments winding up the fans a disgrace even today we did ok but think we got beat six nil wish he would f off.

    • Phil Yare

      ashley and pardew have no integrity, THATS been proven. shearer has always had integrity. that’s the major difference pal