Not the Ke-own-ly ones to blame

If English football was a company floating on the stock market, its shares would be at an-all time low these days, for so often scandals, controversies and racism have tarnished the reputation of the Premier League over the last 12 months or so.

Saturday added another chapter to the ever-growing book of shame, as Manchester United fans insulted Arsenal manager for ninety minutes at Old Trafford, while the supporters that had travelled all the way from London, despite witnessing yet another lacklustre performance, got behind their team throughout the match.

That, at least, is the impression one gets by reading some of the match reports that have circulated since Saturday, none more so than on Martin Keown’s column on the ever-reliable Daily Mail. Ever reliable, that is, when it comes to telling only one side of the story – Keown’s in this case.

The former Arsenal defender (proof that former footballers can either follow Gary Neville’s example, when entering the world of punditry, or going down the Robbie Savage’s route – no prizes for guessing which path Keown has set off onto) expressed his disgust for “the vile obscenities Arsene Wenger has had to put up with”.

Keown refers to the chants that describe the Arsenal manager as an individual with a perverse preference for young kids and that, despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s “commendable” efforts, fans continue to belt out every time the Gunners visit Old Trafford.

I attended the game on Saturday and, unfortunately, I heard the chants Martin Keown pointed to and like the overwhelming majority of United fans, I agree with his verdict on such chants being despicable, abhorrent, vile and odious.

There should be no place for individuals of this kind at Old Trafford, particularly because with a repertoire of songs as wide as ours we shouldn’t indulge in such a moronic behaviour.

What I find amusing is how Keown failed to acknowledge that Arsenal fans – or at least a good number among them – spent 90 minutes addressing Robin Van Persie with a four-letter word beginning with “C” and classifying their former captain as the Dutch response to Jimmy Savile to the tune of “She said no, Robin she said no”, a rather odious chant that has been escalating through the terraces’ hit parade for quite some time.

I don’t have a problem with Arsenal – or whichever club, for that matter – fans insulting our players. It’s wrong, yes but in the heat of the moment who of us hasn’t vented his anger towards another player? I do, however, have a problem with the sort of one-sided campaigns conducted by the likes of Keown. After a Chelsea fan  was pictured making monkey gestures on Wednesday night, the press were quick not to paint the rest of the crowd with the same brush. The same should apply to the large majority of United fans at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Those few idiots that targeted Wenger missed a chance to keep their mouths shut, but so has Martin Keown.

Dan (@MUFC_dan87)



  1. I think you’re right, what was going on at old trafford was rather distasteful. But the fact is vanpersie was insulted by the arsenal fans for very obvious and credible reasons. Arsene wenger is a 60 year old man who has earned the respect of the world over because on top of his inspiring and revoltionary approach to football, he is a very nice, intelligent man who has never done anything to provoke the vile treatment he recieves from the crowds in england. Insulting vanpersie is embarrasing to the club, insulting a man who has contributed so much to the sport we love shames a whole nation

    • get a life. wenger has been a has been

      he has shown mo character in wining except making money for the board and himself

      i just wish he get fired for not doing what he supposed to be doing-try and make a effect in winning at

    • @Lobster: You dont need to earn it, play, coach for another team and we most have the right to sing songs about him. Or maybe you think the Torres song is a disgrace…

  2. Wenger isn’t a winner. But you do have to admire his principles. For the money his club spends and the wages his club doles out it is amazing they consistently finish in the top 4 and do OK in Europe as well. From a commercial point of view he has done amazingly.

    You just need to look at the way clubs like Liverpool have been mismanaged, falling out of the top four, despite all the money they’ve spent.

    The game has run away from Wenger in recent years as salary inflation and transfer fees get more and more extortionate. And he has lost his touch (it probably doesn’t help that scouting is so much better so the kinda signings he would have made for peanuts at the start of the 00s are now selling for 20M off the bat.

    But the Premier League wouldn’t be the same without his low budget and occasionally brilliant teams

  3. Football, unite with love, unite with hate! And dont give us all this moral talk “dont sing songs that are somehow negative towards someone” football songs are as much about hate as love, you give the other team a stick and wait for the response! Respect the dead though.

  4. CL, I LOVE the chants against the opposition team, I really do, but I think there’s a major difference in calling someone a c**t or a “waste of money” or whatever than calling someone a PEDOPHILE. I think if I heard someone calling his enemy a “f*$#ing c€±t” on the street, it would cause a much less of an emotional response to someone who publicly calls an old man a “pedophile”, just because they don’t like him

  5. Another example of the moronic and immature behavior of some football fans.

    Moronic, because they can’t come up with anything more original than a popular slur and immature because they can’t make it more interesting than shit I heard in Junior school.

    Idiots, idiots, idiots. Babies, babies, babies. 👿 👿 👿

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