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Treat Stoke Fans With Apathy Not Disdain

Treat Stoke Fans With Apathy Not Disdain

As is the norm any time we play Stoke, the football has taken a back seat today whilst all and sundry take to the world wide web to comment on what a bunch of complete and utter c***spanners Stoke fans actually are.

I won`t deny that it`s quite pleasing to see the media on the side of our club for a change, many of them condemning the fans of a club they usually describe as "plucky" of "industrious" when what they actually mean is dirty bunch of orcs … but that`s by the by.

The booing of Aaron Ramsey by the majority of the inhabitants of The Britannia Stadium was something that was quite distasteful, indeed it`s not even the first time it has happened, but the reaction from Arsenal fans and the watching media is something the Stoke fans will not be bothered about, but they will also be positively thriving on it, ecstatic that they managed to get under the skin of the Gooners.

Following the match Arsene Wenger handled the situation perfectly (and we should all follow suit), stating simply that Stoke fans believe they have some kind of relationship with the manager and they think they can get to him, when in reality he doesn`t give two craps about what they do, and that`s exactly how attention seeking children need to be treated. Ignore their antics until they realise they`re not having any affect.

The subsequent articles that hit the internet yesterday suggesting that Arsene Wenger was furious and that he called for action to be taken were very wide of the mark. The Arsenal manager was far from angry, and he certain wasn`t calling for the heads of Stoke fans on a silver platter, indeed he merely offered a scenario in which the Stoke fans might take a good long look at themselves.

I think that we all may be being a little precious about this too. The challenge that broke Aaron Ramsey`s leg was despicable in footballing terms, the reaction of his manager and their fans equally so, but despite the hideousness of the injury (amplified by the graphic images plastered across the tabloids) it was just a broken leg, a break from which the young player recovered. Nobody died & no careers were ended.

Yesterday the Stoke fans booed Rambo, is that really the worst thing we`ve heard on the terraces? Arsene Wenger was referred to as a "French twat", I doubt that`s even the worst thing he`s been called this week. Indeed I believe that both gentlemen will have already have forgotten about the incidents and be getting on with their lives, and we should too.

After all I`ve heard much worse things uttered from the mouths of Gooners, granted not from the majority of Arsenal fans on such a regular occurrence, but all the same these chants and insults are common place in football stadiums and always have been.

That`s not to say I would agree that just because they`ve been around for ever that makes them ok, but there`s nothing we as fans can do to alter the behaviour of other sets of fans other than ignore it. If we`re going to get upset every time someone says "booooooo" then we`re in for a rocky time.

The reaction of Gooners and the media has ensured that the next time the two teams face off, Aaron Ramsey will be booed more ferociously than yesterday, of that you can be sure, because they Stoke fans got the reaction they were looking for, and they`ll want that reaction again.

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Date:Sunday April 29 2012
Time: 11:51AM


we all know what a charmless bunch of inbreds the Stoke fans are. what is particularly disappointing is the lack of any decency coming from the club itself, starting with that worthless toad Pulis. Not once has he shown any sympathy for Ramsey's horrific injury, even on a humanitarian level. Has he apologised once? Has he made any kind of statement about abusive chanting being unacceptable? No, his stock answer is it happens everywhere and we should accept it. What an utter utter tw*t.
Wyn Mills
29/04/2012 12:06:00
I know I've been messing around about how much I hate hate Pulis and Stoke the past day or so, but the fact of the matter is they are completely insignificant. They don't even register on the scale. The only time of the year we even realise they exist is when we're playing them. They just don't matter, and by extenstion, neither do their boos or jibes.
29/04/2012 12:23:00
To suggest that we are in any way whiter than white is rediculous and I'll be the first to admit that other players have taken a fair amount of abuse from me. But seeing that display from the stoke fans showed what a breed they are and in the 20+ years that I've been watching football I have never witnessed anything like it. I'm sorry, but the above article is way off the mark and attempts to almost justify stokes behaviour! What's that about?
29/04/2012 12:44:00
If you think it in anyway tries to justify Stoke's behaviour then you clear didn't read it. What I am saying is that it's not worth getting all worked up about. They booed Ramsey, so what? They made a childish noise at him to provoke a reaction from us. Do you think that any of them actually hate Ramsey, or are they just doing it because they know it will wind us up? I'm certainly not going to let a bunch of knuckle draggers who say "boooooo" spoil my weekend :)
29/04/2012 12:59:00
29/04/2012 12:59:00
Arsenal fans have abused Ashley Cole repeatidly, even going so far as to post homphobic videos on the net that are actually quite disgusting, because they feel so proud of their vitriol. Then they shocked society with their filthy "it should have been you" chant. The sad thing is a man did nearly die at Spurs and the crowd were one of the factors that kept the man alive. And yet you and the no mark scum-suckers that follow your club accuse others of 'knuckle-dragging'? My my, that's about as rich as it gets! What a transparent example of the worst kind of hypocricy! So you implore people to treat Stoke with indifference? I hope you don't mind awfully if the rest of the footballing community treats you with contempt.
Henry Baker Brown
29/04/2012 13:22:00
Treat us with contempt all you like, doesn't affect my life. You waste your time and energy, whilst sit back and have a nice beer. Though you have somewhat crossed my "t"s and dotted my "i"s in a timely fashion. As in the article I've stated that Gooners are not above pathetic chanting and neither are Spurs fans, infact arguably the Tiny Totts are much more prone to bile and bitterness however that's usually down to a life time of living in our shadows. And to even consider that the crowd as a collective were responsibile for Muamba surviving is laughable at best. Fabrice survived because the the swift actions of the meidcal teams and one of the members of the crowd. It's a shame that you're trying to use that tragic incident in a game of one-up-manship because those in attendance acted admirably. It's just goes to show that you'd fit in well with the Stoke fans ;)
29/04/2012 13:39:00
Chelsea already 4-0 up. Is this joke of a QPR defence the same one we struggled against a few weeks ago? I auppose the early first goal forced them to come out, something we need to look at when teams park the bus in front of us. Getting that early breakthrough can be vitally important.
Wyn Mills
29/04/2012 13:56:00
Exactly my thoughts, Wyn. The early goal has meant that QPR couldn't stay back anymore which only creates spaces to be exploited. That said, Chelsea's confidence is on a high, these days.
29/04/2012 14:03:00
Were you at the game yesterday? No. Were you at the Spurs vs Bolton game when Muamba collapsed? No. So how would have the first clue about what happened in both incidents, since you weren't in attendance. Yes, you lie back on that comfy stereotype and enjoy your 'beer'. Don't let anything like a balanced perspective interfere with your base instinct to broadcast your lazy, reactionary responses to something you are actually very, very poorly informed about. And as for the. nur nur I don't care peice, I'm afraid that two can play at that game. Over and out.
Henry Baker Brown
29/04/2012 14:09:00
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