By Tony Attwood
As you may know, there has been a long term link between Untold Arsenal and the official Arsenal Belgium supporters club. Our good friend and regular correspondent Walter Broeckx has been associated with the Belgium group since its foundation, and as a referee himself has often written on Untold Arsenal on matters relating to refereeing both in England and in Belgium as well as undertaking vast numbers of post-match reviews.
Indeed whenever the Belgium group come over for a game, there is a regular get-together at our local watering hole, which always livens up the pre-match experience for all of us.
Arsenal Belgium has now put out a statement, and I thought it was worth publishing here…
The board of the official Arsenal Belgium supporters club is gutted by the recent events surrounding our captain Granit Xhaka.
We want to distance ourselves from the toxic atmosphere created by some groups of fans with a camera or bloggers.
We can all have an opinion about players and coaches but this should never result in personal abuse.
What is completely unacceptable is that this leads to personal insults or even worse like wishing diseases or death threats upon the players, their family or children.
Indeed we have noticed that some groups of fans with a video camera and some bloggers have been creating a negative atmosphere around the club for some 10 years. The only result is that we are considered bad supporters by supporters from other clubs.
The board of Arsenal Belgium wants to appeal to all Arsenal SUPPORTERS to do their job and that is to support the players out there on the field. We can take a lesson from supporters from other clubs who hardly win anything but never fall so low that they threaten or humiliate their own players.
Let us turn the page and let us go into the stadium and support each player (whether you like him personally or not) so that they can feel us standing behind them.
When the supporters start fighting the players and the players start fighting the supporters, there will be only one loser: Arsenal FC!
So let us get behind the team! Let us get behind the players! And most of all: support the club. Don’t fight the club or act in any way that can only damage the club and its results.
Let us remind ourselves of our motto: Victoria Concordia Crescit or Victory through Harmony! Let us show some Harmony! Let us support players instead of bringing them down!
COME ON YOU GUNNERS!
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