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Total breakdown of Arsenal security utterly missed by the media

by Bulldog Drummond

This was the most atrocious breakdown of stadium security at the Arsenal that I can remember.

We were told that there was a threat to the safety of Arsenal fans going to the match because of attempts by German fans to get into parts of the stadium they should not be in.  As a result no tickets were being sold to Red Members, while Silver Members and Season Ticket holders were told to bring proof of identity and get to the ground extra early.

So we did – and for what purpose?  None at all.   The extra security, at least at my entrance, consisted of one of the security officials taking my membership card and tapping it on the entry point so the gate opened.  As if I was not capable of doing what I regularly did, all by myself.

No one asked for my proof of identity.  The regular perfunctory frisk happened but that was that.  Oh yes, and the busker wasn’t allowed to perform under the railway arches.

And all this was for what?

The visiting supporters’ area was indeed empty.   But in the club level at the south end there were hundreds of visiting supporters – perhaps thousands.   And in the southern corner of the east stand upper, there were even more.   Certainly the total number ran into thousands.

So those Arsenal supporters who had wanted to buy a ticket with their red membership had been refused entry for nothing.  And the question arises, how did all these German fans get their tickets?  Could it have been through the advertisements which appeared all over the internet?   The advertisements that we told the club about in some detail in The Scandal of Arsenal v Eintracht Frankfurt Tickets

This was a truly shocking display by Arsenal’s ticket managers of gross incompetence.  They must have known there were tickets being bought through these advertisements and they let it go ahead, making Arsenal fans suffer under the pretence that if any German fans entered the stadium there would be trouble.  Knowing all the while that they were not going to refuse admission to the German fans but instead punish totally innocent loyal Arsenal fans.

Well if that is how you reward loyalty Arsenal, you deserve all you get.

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The fiasco of last night should not just be forgotten, because if it is, it shows that Arsenal now think that those of us silly enough to buy silver and gold memberships can be treated with contempt and disdain.

First, we should have an explanation of what the hell this was all about: this leaving of the visitors’ section empty while housing the German fans in the upper east and club level south areas.

Second, every one of those firms that were selling tickets should be reported to the police since they were clearly acting against public order instructions from the authorities, and thus by association the ticket resellers are guilty of endangering public order.

Third all Red Members deserve a most fulsome and detailed apology from the club, part of which should be the refunding of their membership fee in full for this year.

Fourth, all of us need a proper explanation of what was going on last night in terms of ticket arrangements, and how the tickets got into German hands.

Fifth, we should have an absolute promise from the club that sale of tickets to Arsenal members will never again be restricted in this way.

Sixth we should be told the details of all those who were to blame for this fiasco, and have it confirmed that they have all been removed from their positions within the club on the grounds of gross incompetence.

Arsenal is now a laughing stock and universally considered a soft touch when it comes to gaining entry.  And all that is before we consider anything about how the team played in the second half.

Of course the Guardian reporter, Nick Ames, sitting in his free press box seat with double the space us mere mortals get, managed not to see what was going on, despite the perfect view that he must have had, writing instead simply that “Several hundred German supporters had found their way in”.

From that comment he tried to mislead the readership into thinking that the low number of attendees was due to absenteeism rather than the fact that the red members who normally buy up tickets with relish from these low cost games were banned.

But then these journalist johnnies in their privileged positions never were that good on detail.

In fact, while working out how to keep unwanted away supporters out maybe Arsenal could also get rid of the media as well for they sure as hell are not doing us any favours.

13 comments to Total breakdown of Arsenal security utterly missed by the media

  • Ben

    Emery is gone.

  • Jason

    Good riddance.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Thank heavens the Board habe finally acted. Let’s hope this managerial change is one of the 20% that results in an improvement!

  • Mikey

    So that’s another manager forced out. Let’s see what the so-called fans and the idiots in the media start complaining about next. I’ll give it three months before they want the next manager out because they all know better how to run a football club.

  • Ben

    Interim manager is Freddie.

  • Hardly forced out The man was not up to the job and never was . Corbyn will be looking for a new job shortly

  • Hardly seems relevant. the key issue is that 80% of new managers in the Premier League fail to win trophies or satisfy fans.

  • Masterstroke

    Freddy’s coaching badges only allow him to be in charge for three months (and he will have to use the coaches already at the club instead of importing his own team), so unless he upgrades between now & the end of February we’ll definitely have to have someone else in place by then.
    Too bad about Emery, he seemed a decent bloke but clueless as to how to operate in the Premier League. His own fault completely and he’ll get a full pay off and a chance for a long holiday before starting again.
    Best of luck Uni.

  • Steve Vallins

    @ Mikey
    I don’t think the fans hounded UE out it was he’s inability to improve Arsenal , you seem disappointed and by your post you wanted him to carry on , open your eyes we’ve been atrocious for months

  • Menace

    Unai was the coach and there’s a temporary coach apponted. Raul the Snail is the manager and he’s the one responsible. Could have moved the people around rather than react to the public.

    Sad day for a club 100 years at the top.

  • Stevo

    Off topic I know, but is it expected for the Arsenal club to receive a sum of money from UEFA as compensation for the enforced empty seats in the away fans enclosure and also many others in the stadium as a result of red ticket fans staying away due to earlier threats of trouble form the Frankfurt fans.

  • Stevo, I really don’t know. I’m not sure where the order for this event came from, and quite who caused it to be such a disaster. God knows how much damage it has done to our Red Members.

  • Pat

    Astonishing! Who knows whether the shortage of Arsenal fans and their replacement with Frankfurt fans did not affect the players’ performance as well?

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