“I come in peace, to give penance for winning three titles that should be rightfully yours”
Outrage at Arsene Wenger’s treatment at the hands of Man Utd fans during Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford seems to have percolated up from Gunner blogs and online forums and entered the mainstream.
Marina Hyde writes in the Guardian about the disgusting pedophilia chant that Arsene Wenger was subjected to which has been going on for years. It has become part of a collection of Manchester United chants selling on Amazon.com and Play.com. Wenger seems to have become inured to it, not reacting to it even though the same word is used in French and English. Maybe he believes that way the chant will die down having lost its power to provoke. But it apparently has not.
I don’t think in a million years, Sir Alex Ferguson has been treated the same way by Gunner fans. And yes, tasteless chants about the Munich tragedy and the Hillsborough disaster are equally deserving of opprobrium. But these chants are well publicized and equally well condemned. It is these chants that have little institutional backlash that attention needs to be drawn towards.
To be fair, club authorities have appealed to fans to stop using the chant but nothing seems to have come of it. David Gill, Utd’s CEO seems to have had enough and is planning to address the issue in a fan forum. Sir Alex has also condemned it in the past but he may need to do it again because his words carry more weight than that of a stuffed shirt.
I went to Amazon.com and Play.com but the chants seem to have been taken down. But here is a link to the words. Stay classy, Man Utd fans.