Friday 25 May 2018

Ian Wright and Alan Shearer react furiously to Arsenal fans' suggestions of Match of the Day bias

Ian Wright and Alan Shearer (R) have been accused of bias. CREDIT: PA
Ian Wright and Alan Shearer (R) have been accused of bias. CREDIT: PA
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Ian Wright and Alan Shearer have responded furiously to suggestions on social media that they are biased against Arsenal.

The pair were pundits on Match of the Day on Saturday and have been accused by Arsenal fans on Twitter of giving an unfair representation of the Gunners' 3-1 defeat by Manchester United at the Emirates.

Wright, who is an Arsenal legend and the club's second-highest goalscorer ever, responded to a barrage of abuse by tweeting: "Why am I seeing so much blame being attached to MOTD pundits about Arsenal not getting credit for 33 shots and 70 odd % possession! What are we supposed to say about 5 players rushing to close down Pogba, leaving Valencia free? Just asking. Maybe the refs fault."

Wright also said: "I look at some of the comments and can't believe they're true Arsenal fans!! Why are they following me. No polite way to say it 'F****ff'"

He added: "Arsene Wenger said the mistakes were disastrous! Arsenal gave themselves a mountain to climb! Which if not for the amazing De Gea they might have! Maybe we should do what you do and stick our heads in the sand and pretend their were no mistakes. I say blame the pundits."

Wright later apologised and said: "As a player I wore my heart on my sleeve & that hasn’t changed as an ex-player. I apologise unreservedly for my unfair comments which I made in anger after receiving an untold amount of stick."

Shearer meanwhile responded pointedly to a number of individual Twitter users, and added: "This is my last word on # ARSMNU. It's pretty simple. 33 shots & 1 goal is a terrible return. Your forwards were not good enough. Conceded 3 goals at home. Your defence & keeper had a very bad day. Still you're saying how great @Arsenal were. Do me a favour man! No bias. Fact."

The Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker also entered the discussion and said: "I just love the idea that anyone would ever think that a football TV show is biased against or for any team. Funny how fans only think the bias is against their team, never another team. Mental."

He later added: "Over 5 million of you watched @BBCMOTD at the weekend. Apologies to every one of you for being biased against ‘your’ team."

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