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.
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.’