Peter Coates, Stoke’s chairman, has said that he doesn’t approve of the type of chant Stoke fans were aiming at Aaron Ramsey on Sunday – but claims he didn’t hear his own fans singing it in the first place.
The chant, which goes ‘Aaron Ramsey, he walks with a limp’ could be heard clearly on TV so it’s hard to think that someone present in the ground wouldn’t have heard it.
“You’re telling me something that I’m completely unaware of. I’ve no idea that chant had taken place, but we wouldn’t approve of it at all,” Coates told the Guardian.
“I don’t think it’s a minority of fans; I know it’s a minority. People chant all sorts of awful things at all sorts of grounds, which I dislike. But do I approve of that sort of chanting? Of course I don’t.
“You go around football grounds and hear some chanting I don’t like,” Coates added.
“I wish they didn’t do it but how do you control these things? You can’t. The best thing is to shut your ears in a way, like he [Wenger] said: switch off and ignore it as best you can.”
Arsene Wenger had said after the match “I shut my ears and think that’s the best way to deal with it. I don’t know what to do about it — I don’t know generally what you should do.
“When people get together they sometimes forget their individual responsibility. Maybe when you go home and watch it on television you are less proud.”
Stoke fans, when you ask them, will repeatedly tell you just to get over the whole incident while they sit in their little stadium singing their vile chants and wearing Arsene Wenger masks like they’re trying to emulate Jose Mourinho’s Wenger obsession.
I don’t think we will, thanks very much.