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Wenger: Stamp Out The Stupid

Wenger: Stamp Out The Stupid

Arsene Wenger has spoken of his desire for football's governing bodies to get the 'stupidity' off the terraces of stadiums around the world.

Wenger's comments follow a string of vile chants by Tottenham fans aimed at former Arsenal boy, Sol Campbell.

'My reaction is that abuse cannot be tolerated from anybody towards anybody in the world,' said Wenger.

'How can you fight against it? You can single out people who do it. You can punish them individually by not letting them in, then maybe single out a group of people who go from game to game and do it.

'Sometimes stupidity is contagious as well and sometimes in the crowd there is a competition to see who can be more stupid. That is why you should not let these people be together.

'First of all, there is a big tolerance and the abuse only becomes singled out when it is racism. That is not the only abuse which you get in the stadium, but maybe people only get touched by it when it is racism. Insults of any kind should not be tolerated either.'

'I think the racist abuse is much worse in some other countries than in England,' he said. 'I believe that England has shown the right direction and the right way by not tolerating it and has done much more than any other country maybe in the game.

'That's why the problem we saw [at Fratton Park] comes up again because people don't accept it. In this country I find they are a model to copy. Most of the time when you visit other countries you meet this problem when you go more down to the south.'

One senses that Arsene Wenger is not only backing his old player, but also fighting his own corner after being the victim of the most vile and despicable chant in football for many years.

Good on him I say.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday October 3 2008
Time: 9:54AM


In an ideal world, fans wouldn't get personally abusive to individuals. However, football is an emotional game. It's one of the reasons we all love it so much! It would be a near impossibility to irradicate this from the game. I feel footballers recieve enough compensation to be expected to develope a thicker skin! Am I just being old fashioned?
03/10/2008 10:04:00
Maybe a little Dave - I think a bit of banter with the players is fine, but racial taunts and sick jibes about peadophilia and unacceptable in my eyes .... even from our own "fans"
03/10/2008 10:15:00
I totally agree rocky, but unfortunately football will always have an 'stupidity' element in the crowd. It's a working class sport. I personally don't lower myself to some chants that go 'too far'. However there will always be people who think they have a right to abuse players on the pitch. Were the Spurs fans actually racist? I didn't hear that, only homophobic chants. Not that it's OK though!
03/10/2008 10:20:00
Sorry, I think abuse is abuse and banther is banther, I am not sure who will decide which is which. As one persons banther is another persons abuse?!
03/10/2008 10:20:00
HackneyVal, spot on, banter is banter, abuse is abuse. Now footballers are extremely well compensated and if the crowd wants to have a bit of a go at a particular player in general terms then fine. But chanting that you wish someone would die of AIDS and if not be hung from a tree is sick. Anyone who tries to make feeble excuses to justify that kind of behaviour is a warped individual who and is no better. I have unfortunately had to read the pathetic bleating of a large collection of cretins on Vitalspurs trying to justify the deplorable actions of the majority of their fans at Pompey this weekend and I have learnt one thing. They don’t chant at Campbell for being Campbell, after all these years of underachievement, comedy, crap managers, crap boards, crap players they need a target for their abuse and 7 years after he left, 7 years, that bitterness needs a target. Sad bunch of morons that lot!
03/10/2008 11:28:00
Navydave - yes mate, it was racist AND homophobic!
03/10/2008 11:29:00
What bit does everyone deem racist? Is it hanging from a tree? That is a reference to Judas hanging himself. If people want to complain at least complain about the correct bits. Stupid. yes, as is 'gas a jew' and general hissing noises made at spurs fans, but racist, No..
03/10/2008 11:38:00
LG, I must admit, Ididn't know the extent of the abuse. That's shocking. It's not a case of 'the player should take it' when the comments are as severe as that. It's a case that people should not have to listen to it. There must be an element of Spurs fans that were disgusted by that!
03/10/2008 11:49:00
Eff off woddywoo, you know exactly what it's about. Navydave 'football will always have an 'stupidity' element in the crowd. It's a working class sport' sorry mate, but when it comes to football, it's all the posh JCLs that appear to know eff all about it! To single out the fact that it's a working class sport and create a direct causational link between them is so myopic it's untrue. This is a topic that's always gonna stir emotions...
03/10/2008 11:49:00
woddywoo - talking rubbish mate? All I hear is pathetic excuses and an attempt at justification which I predicted in an earlier post to which you have perfectly made my point! I got clipped by a car the other day crossing the road, does that now mean I can go out and run someone over because it happened to me? What a complete numpty!
03/10/2008 11:58:00
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