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Henry Apologises, He Didn't Need To

Henry Apologises, He Didn't Need To

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.

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

Date:Tuesday January 17 2012
Time: 9:23AM


Did the supporters get precious?
17/01/2012 11:07:00
I'm not saying all of them SW. But I've heard and seen some fans getting arsey over this. Don't dish it out if you can't take it I say!
17/01/2012 11:33:00
Spot on Rocky.
17/01/2012 14:01:00
Agreed with the writer. I'd love to live in a world where everybody could behave like a bloody adult without the media being so desperate to insist we be mortally offended. One adult said something to another adult, the other adult gave his point of view back. Where's the biggie? Tis culture of entitlement really *****es me off.
Little Dutch
17/01/2012 15:02:00
I agree, but did anyone make a complaint? Not sure anyone's actually been offended by this. Just media ****stir and AFC PR machine making Henry issue a statement methinks. Rocky I agree that if you can't take it then don't give it. It's interesting though, remember Adebayor at City the other year, a similar sort of thing applies.
17/01/2012 15:06:00
Maybe just "Don't dish it out", perhaps we could live by that? there's no need for anyone at a football ground to be shouting obscenities at anyone else (particularly with all those women and child around).

Unless Joey Barton's playing.
17/01/2012 17:26:00
I hope that's tongue in cheek.
17/01/2012 17:34:00
Course. Anyone who screams abuse at someone else is acting without dignity and decency. No need for it. Whether it's racism, 'sit down you p-file', 'you're all a bunch of f in seas' or whatever.
17/01/2012 18:05:00
Storm in a teacup, I'd rather see negative supporter/team interaction than no interaction sometimes you just have to run the gauntlet, it's easier to disappear down the tunnel back into your fluffy isolated millionaire idyll. Win lose or draw the team should always acknowledge the efforts of those that spend hrs and much dough following away and you take the licks in the same manner as you do the praise. Although maybe Djourou could be excused given the wonder wall "Today is gonna be the day that we're gonna have to play Djourou" chant that went up lol.
17/01/2012 18:49:00
Perhaps in the same token we should be taking defeats in the same manner as we do the victories? With a bit of common sense. People seem to think that buying a football ticket entitles you to some kind of warrante that ensures you'll get something at least positive from the game. When in truth all it entitles you to is to see a football match.
17/01/2012 19:04:00
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