Arsenal warn Jack Wilshere over conduct at FA Cup victory parade
Last Updated: 01/06/15 2:31pm
Jack Wilshere has been reminded of his responsibilities by Arsenal officials following his conduct at Sunday's FA Cup victory parade, Sky Sports News HQ understands .
The midfielder made expletive-laded comments about rivals Tottenham as the Gunners celebrated winning the FA Cup with an open-top bus tour from the Emirates Stadium to Islington Town Hall.
It is the second time Wilshere has made such comments, having done so at the same event last season to mark Arsenal's Cup final victory over Hull City.
Wilshere, who played the final 13 minutes of the 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley, started a chant mocking Spurs, asking the crowd: "I have one question, and one question only: what do we think of Tottenham?"... before adding: "And what do we think of ****?", then joining in as the crowd sang back: "We hate Tottenham and we hate Tottenham... we are the Tottenham haters."
It is understood Arsenal have now spoken to Wilshere over the incident.
Wilshere followed the first chant with another Arsenal song, as supporters joined in the shouts of, "It has happened again, Tottenham Hotspur, it has happened again".
The microphone was then taken off Wilshere, but he retrieved it, saying: "We have got one more."
As the England international then started the chant "My old man said be a Tottenham fan....", which when sang in full includes more expletives aimed at Spurs, Arsenal broke off from the live broadcast on their in-house media channel. The studio presenter immediately apologised for any offence caused by the player's remarks.
But Wilshere has been defended by a representative from the Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association.
Wilshere showed that he "totally understands what it is to be an Arsenal supporter" with his anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade on Sunday, according to Lois Langton.
"No doubt Arsenal will be obliged to remind him of his duties when representing the club in public, but Jack Wilshere showed yesterday that he totally understands what it is to be an Arsenal supporter.
"He has been with us since he was nine years of age and, for him, winning with Arsenal means celebrating with supporters.
"Jack simply reflected what is sung on the terraces up and down the country, week in and week out - the Spurs supporters have exactly the same songs for us."