Wenger urges action on chants
Arsene Wenger feels action should be taken against offensive chanting at grounds after he suffered abuse and Aaron Ramsey was booed at Stoke.
Last Updated: 28/04/12 7:21pm
Arsene Wenger feels action should be taken against offensive chanting at grounds after he was on the end of abuse and Aaron Ramsey was booed during Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Stoke.
The two clubs have had a stormy relationship since the Potters' promotion to the Premier League four years ago, with the main flashpoint coming two years ago when Ryan Shawcross was sent off for a tackle that broke Ramsey's leg.
The Stoke defender has been a target for Arsenal supporters ever since, and the home fans at the Britannia Stadium responded in kind today, although it was Wenger who took the majority of the stick.
The Gunners boss said: "I've had enough experience to cope with that. It doesn't bother me too much. I don't listen to what people chant.
"I think one day football will have to tackle that. It's easy to sit in the stand and insult people. It's the easiest sport in the world.
"I focus on what I love in my job, which is football and the way my players behave on the pitch. I'm not responsible for the way people behave in the stands. If you want to stop that, it's easy to stop. You can isolate every single face.
"I think sometimes when I go out on the pitch at the end of the game, and people are angry or hateful, I would like a little picture to send home for them to show their son or daughter, and then come back next week and see if they will do it again, see if they are proud of you."
Of the boos directed at Ramsey, Wenger added: "I don't think you can be especially proud to boo Aaron Ramsey, I don't see what he has done wrong.
"It's an old story where the fans of Stoke stand behind their player but it shouldn't go as far as booing Ramsey."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis accepted abuse from the stands can go too far, although he stopped short of criticising his own supporters or agreeing that the two clubs need to tackle the enmity between them.
"It is very difficult for us all," he said.
"I go to grounds and get abused. It's not just Arsene. If you speak to Sir Alex (Ferguson), he gets absolutely slaughtered at some grounds. Is it acceptable? The powers that be have got to decide that."
Regarding the treatment of Ramsey, Pulis added: "I was more concerned about the Arsenal supporters booing Shawcross so I didn't hear the ones on Ramsey."