Saturday 26 May 2018

Stoke City fans condemned for 'vile' chants about Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey was the subject of constant abuse from parts of the Britannia stadium
Aaron Ramsey was the subject of constant abuse from parts of the Britannia stadium

Callum Davis

Stoke City have been roundly criticised on Twitter after sections of the Britannia stadium were heard mocking Aaron Ramsey.

The Welsh midfielder broke his leg at the Britannia in 2010 following a strong challenge from Stoke City defender, Ryan Shawcross.

The Stoke City defender later wrote a letter to the 26-year-old apologising for the incident, but it's understood Ramsey refused to accept the apology.

Ramsey has often been the subject of boos from the Stoke fans since it emerged he had refused Shawcross' apology, however today's chants drew fresh condemnation.

The 25-year-old made his 250th appearance for the Gunners in their goalless draw with Stoke, however the feat was marred by the severity of the abuse from the terraces.

According to reports from a number of sources that sections of the Britannia-faithful were singing: "Aaron Ramsey, he walks with a limp."

Ramsey endured seven months of rehabilitation after the horrific leg-break, and maintained that Shawcross was intent on 'taking him out' at the Britannia.

In his post-match assessment of the game, Arsene Wenger said he was surprised by the physicality employed by Mark Hughes' side.

“Maybe we had a better opportunities to score, they played very well, very physical and were very direct, which is an unusual style for them," said Wenger.

Speaking after Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Stoke on Sunday, Wenger admitted he was shocked to hear the chants.

"Maybe when they go home and watch it on television they will be less proud," said Wenger.

"When people get together sometimes they forget their individual responsibility,” he added.

Ramsey's reception from parts of the Britannia stadium left many observers in shock at the lack of sensitivity shown by many Potters.

Former Southampton striker, Matt Le Tissier, tweeted: "Why is Aaron Ramsey getting booed!? Do Stoke fans think he faked that broken leg?"

The goalless draw means the Gunners regain top spot at the summit of the Premier League on goal difference from Leicester City and Manchester City.

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