Date:Tuesday January 17 2012
Thierry Henry has publicly apologised for his confrontation with an Arsenal fan following the 3-2 defeat at Swansea on Sunday.
The Frenchman allegedly told the fan to "support his team" (along with an expletive or two) after the fan hurled abuse at the defeat Gunners after the final whistle.
An emotional Henry had encouraged the Arsenal players to thank the fans for their support after the game only to be met with a volley of abuse, and he responded in kind. The legendary striker later apologised for his actions.
'I was really shocked and disappointed on Sunday, and not just at the result,' Henry told The Sun. 'After the final whistle of a very tricky game, I insisted the whole team go and applaud the Arsenal supporters.
'When I arrived in front of our own fans, I couldn't understand the abuse the team were getting from one of them. I wanted to tell the fan in question that we need their support not abuse. The sentiment was right but in hindsight could have been better expressed."
'So I would like to first and foremost apologise for using inappropriate language to that particular 'supporter'."
'I didn't intend to be malicious or threatening and am aware that it could have been said in a calmer manner.'
Whilst Henry`s actions might not have been particularly professional I don`t feel he needed to apologise.
If fans think it`s ok to swear and abuse our own players for trying to do their job (Ok, they might have not done it that well) then I see no reason for the supporters to get all precious when someone points out, in a similar manner, that they`re not doing that great of a job themselves.
Date:Tuesday January 17 2012
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