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Arsenal Fans Can Have No Excuses And Scholes’ Indian Summers


Arsenal Fans Can Have No Excuses

Emmanuel Adebayor is Public Enemy Number One at the moment, partly for his stamp on Robin Van Persie, and mostly because of his goal celebration in front of the Arsenal fans. “Inciting a riot”. Of course it was ill-advised – he must have Ashley Cole’s Public Relations officer – but it still should not defend the embarrassing actions of the Arsenal fans present, causing unnecessary injury to a steward.

That’s wrong. That is indefensible – I don’t care how much you hate Emmanuel Adebayor – for his “obvious desire to go to Italy”; for his lack of a clear “for the shirt” spirit that most fans bizarrely crave; for being “a classless money grabber”, for whatever – that is no excuse to charge down a flight of chairs and put your fellow supporters (as if you can now call yourself that) at risk. I don’t care how passionate you find your hatred of that man, there is no need to put lives at risk.

Adebayor has accepted the blame for this, many pundits have rushed to blame him for it, the FA are investigating his actions, he seems to be the scapegoat: But what if someone had died? Would Adebayor have blood on his hands if someone had been crushed to death because of the rush to swear at him? No. Is it his fault that some “fans” were willing to put other people’s lives at risk? No. Frustration at an unfortunate two goal deficit, a former player scoring, and the fact that you don’t like him are possible causes but not excuses. The public focus should not be on Adebayor’s pretty brainless behaviour, but on the infinitely more distasteful scenes that followed.

For the record, it was an extremely exciting second half and a game of sometimes breathtaking quality – one which neither side deserved to lose – but it, and the incredible performances of Craig Bellamy and Adebayor have been overshadowed by a piece of rash, brash celebrating and a horribly dangerous reaction.

Scholes’ Indian Summers

Rather like having glitter on your hands and herpes, Paul Scholes never seems to go away. After his 2005 eye injury, and a poor subsequent season, the general consensus was that it was time to usher him quietly out of the door – we don’t want to see a great player reduced to a pale shadow of his greatness (i.e. we don’t want a Rivaldo situation). Then came the 2006-07 season: A miraculous season season as he reinvented himself to suit the team’s need – all but gone were the surging runs from deep; in came the spraying the ball out wide, the simple sideways ball, in essence a deep lying playmaker.

After a decent season in 07-08, and a rather stop-start one in 08-09, his position in the squad was under threat again. Even this blogger thought it was time to hand Scholes his gold watch, listen to his farewell speech and book him a taxi to the Pantheon of United Greats to grow old. Once again, this season he proved us all wrong.

In three starts, he has attempted 190 passes to teammates… misplacing 6. Out of 190. He is still a truly staggering footballer, still United’s best passer, still pathetic at tackling, but still able to control a game like no-one else in his team. In the 1-0 victory over Birmingham, he attempted precisely 100 passes, and all but three found their target. He’s playing in a pretty poor midfield compared to some of the others he’s played in, but he’s still there, calm but confident, with control of the match in the palm of his hand. Proving us all wrong. Again.

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  1. vspot

    September 15, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Also it’s funny how what’s lost in all this is that RVP very clearly screamed obscenities at the Man City support after he scored his goal. But he never played for City so that makes it okay?

    And just to make sure no one thinks I have a secret agenda, I’m a United fan. Long live the Ginger Prince! Wouldn’t have him any other way.

  2. vspot

    September 15, 2009 at 12:24 am

    hahahahah wow spike you really put your foot in your mouth by accusing Scallon of having a secret agenda when it turns out you were one of the Arsenal fans at the game that he was calling out! Brilliant stuff.

    Scallon, great article, don’t listen to utter fools like spike. So spike, just because he’s not agreeing with the majority of the blogosphere on this subject he must have a secret agenda? How about a simpler explanation: he has A MIND OF HIS OWN, which you clearly do not.

    Bottom-line is this: If you’re an Arsenal fan then you no doubt moaned ad naseum about the Eduardo ban and how it sets a very dangerous precedent of punishing players for diving after the fact. If you believe this then you cannot possibly support a ban of Adebayor for his celebration because that would be setting another, probably even more dangerous, precedent of banning players for celebrating. Really? You want to ban a player for celebrating? Has the beautiful game really gone this soft?

    He didn’t moon anyone, he didn’t make any obscene gestures, he didn’t scream the same awful verbal abuse that was being hurled at him all game. He ran a long way and he slid. It sure wasn’t classy but it shouldn’t have been as incendiary an act as it was. Ade and Arsenal had a clear hate-hate relationship before the game and the fans let him have it during the game so they shouldn’t have been overly surprised by his reaction. Guess they can dish it out but they can’t take it.

    As for the stamping on RVP that’s another story. Ban him for that, it’s a no-brainer.

  3. anon 123

    September 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Hughes just can’t stop talking out of his arse. imagine saying adebayor’s stamp wasnt intentional ‘going for the ball’ the ball wasnt anywhere near them when ade b performed his stamp

  4. Bear

    September 14, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Manchester police blame Adebayor for the crowd trouble. Official Fact.

    Players should be above it all, emotions are just excuses.
    There’s a picture of Toure and Bellamy holding their arms up apologizing to the Arsenal fans. Toure is a true professional and Bellamy, a man who hit his own teammate with a golf club is more professional than Adebayor.
    Know the facts.

    • Huh

      September 14, 2009 at 6:18 am

      You need to stop just reading headlines son it states ‘Greater Manchester police have criticised Emmanuel Adebayor’ just like they would have done when Henry did the same against the Spuds some time ago if their fans had started a riot. But they never did they. So who fault is it that they didn’t riot Henry’s or the fans? I wonder.

  5. Tyson

    September 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Emnauel Adebayor is a lowlife and a self centered moron that will ditch anything and anybody for a bigger paypacket but the fact that Arsenal fans reacted to him in that way was on them too.

    The real scary prospect though was whether or not there would be violence between fans at the end of the match. That was the real concern considering somebody could have been hurt or killed due to Adebayor trying to piss off the Arsenal fans.

    Adebayor should be made an example of for attacking Van Persie though. That one really hits it out of the ballpark. No excuses and the most servere penalty possible for that kind of offense. It is completely and utterly inexcusable and I hope I never see anything like that again.

  6. jleau

    September 13, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I’m not sure what the point of this article really is? I think the bottom line is that the media should be focused on Arsenal fan stupidity instead of Ade stupidity. That’s about as bad as choosing a candidate for office.

    Manu is a self centered idiot that could not confine himself to just one act of uncontrolled behavior for the game but several. Goading the opposing fans was stupid and inciting, stomping on a man’s face is just plain classless. He’s a hell of a footballer when he tries and until yesterday I was a fan. In fact, I have bascially been of the opinion that the Arsenal fans were overzelous in their contempt for the guy. I think he needs get himself focused on where he is because he seems to be more concerned with not being at Arsenal than he is with being at City.

    The Arsenal fans who went nuts should face the same penalties that any fans that break the law. As far as I can tell every club in the world has their share of out of control idiots and I can’t see any evidence that Arsenal’s share is above the average. I’m not defending those that went crazy but I can’t buy into some point that Arsenal have a problem that is bigger than what most every other club face.

    On the premise that the media or the FA should focus on the Arsenal fans. That’s just a silly statement. Ade is the public figure and he was out of control on many levels. Of course that’s where the media focus is going to go. The FA is not going to let him off the hook just because the fans reacted badly. It’s pretty tough to argue that he hasn’t earned the flack he’s getting.

  7. vivb

    September 13, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    If you’re referring to the Elephant song that’s a Spurs and Man Utd favourite. I think Man City have a version “he’s hung like an elephant his wife’s sore”. Arsenal fans sing the 5’4″ song about Ade and Arsharvin. Strange that the accusation of racism is being pointed at Arsenal fans when it’s another clubs’ fans song.

    Adebayor overstepped the mark just as Tevez would if he did the same against Man Utd, players are obliged to act responsibily which is why the FA will act.

    As for provercation Adebayor was building up to this all season mentioning Arsenal in every interview maybe now he can move on and concentrate on the club that pay his wages.

    • Huh

      September 13, 2009 at 8:43 pm

      So if I use racist comments it’s ok as long as someone else used them before me? Get real!

  8. CR7

    September 13, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    If we’ve learned anything recently(Liverpool and now Arsenal) is that English fans will never take responsibility for their actions, it’s always someone’s else fault

  9. Matt

    September 13, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I could hear the racist chants on the television, so it’s quite surprising you couldn’t hear it at the stadium.

    Not one word of it in the media, only calls for Adebayor to be banned for 5 games or some such nonsense. I think the racist people who nearly rioted should be the villain, not the footballer who did a “Henry at Highbury in 2006” celebration (no calls for him to be banned then!)

  10. Zola612

    September 13, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for calling out the Arsenal fans who acted with a mob mentality. I have no patience for people who blame their own selfish, thoughtless actions on others.

    Undoubtedly Adebayor’s action was selfish and possibly thoughtless, but to his credit he isn’t blaming anyone for “inciting” or “inducing” him to do it.

    Fans who who chose to act a fool, did exactly that… they CHOSE to. Time to nut up and be responsible for what you did. Adebayor has.

  11. anon 123

    September 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Adebayor was incredibly stupid to hav celebrated like that. he obviously knew he was gonna get the arsenal fans riled up, what did expect a few friendly waves? the guy is pure scum

  12. Spike

    September 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm


    I was at the game and there was no racist abuse.

    • M. Scallon

      September 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm

      Oh right. Were you in the Arsenal end?

      What was that about ME having an agenda?

      I don’t care anyway, this cat needs some sleep.

      Tatty bye Spikey.

    • Huh

      September 14, 2009 at 9:04 am

      If you were at the game how couldn’t u hear the song? Oh by the way what gate did u enter you can’t miss it it’s 20 foot letter above the gate and what is directly above the away fans in COMS? lets see if ya answer before I call ya a bullshiter! Maybe you can google answer LOL

  13. Spike

    September 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Ha, looks like I touched a nerve with fragile M Scallon there.

    Aww poor baby, dissing you like that.

    Why do you write about football when you;
    Clearly have no love, affection for it or clue about it or any understanding of those who do?

    I am not going to berate (is that the correct spelling?) you any more as you are obviously getting some sort of masochistic sexual thrill from it.

  14. mattT

    September 13, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Huh – Where on earth did this idea of racist abuse come from? I have been following Arsenal home and away for 25 years and have NEVER heard anti-black racist abuse. Given that we have statistically the most ethnically mixed fan base in the whole of English football, and that the undisputed head of the Arsenal “firm” of the 70s and 80’s – Dainton Connell – was a black man, this is hardly surprising. Were you at the game? Were you even in the country?

    • Huh

      September 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm

      Your fans learnt the song they sang from spurs (and said it was disgraceful) check for the song on you tube but I don’t think they allow this content on there. I will say not every Arsenal fan seemed to be joining as it wasn’t as loud as the riot! My friend has it on his phone and as well as their crazy riot he is a season ticket holder in the East stand I myself live 2 miles from COMS and am a City fan who go’s to 40% of their matches but could not get tickets as they had sold out so yes I was defo in the country, seems some of your fans are complete tx*ts who hate Ade pretty badly to say the least. The city heads of the 8o’s were the governors and young governors there main heads were black also (Mickey Francis et. all) whets your point? Does this mean they can’t be racist? Are you saying they are immune to racism because the have black fans? Do you have Jewish fans? Because your team certainly give the odd anti-Semitic bamter to the spud fans as well as the name calling or is this not racist?

  15. M. Scallon

    September 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I felt the need to pull you up over a spelling mistake, because it totally negated your “idiot” point.

    You’re obviously getting het up, for a reason that I – admittedly a clueless retard wanker – can’t put my finger on.

    I’m going to let you enjoy your little “Anti-Me” rant, because you must not have many pleasures in your sad, pathetic life.

    Fire away, dear…

  16. Spike

    September 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Oh dear. You felt the need to pull me up over a spelling mistake.

    What a patthetic excuse for a failed journalist. Aww diddums, likkle baby is all upset coz his work is being taken to the cleaners like the soiled sack of shit it is.


  17. Spike

    September 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    You ARE clueless though.

    You obviously think you have found a different angle here. Where every other fecker in blog land is vilifying Adebayor for his reckless stamps, kicking and 90 yard run to goad 3000 angry Gooners, you felt compelled to write a spurious load of angenda driven bullshit blaming fans for getting over heated coz of the deluded ego maniacvs actions.

    Well done, you really hit the nail on the head there didnt you….. erm, not.


    • M. Scallon

      September 13, 2009 at 5:33 pm

      You know, you’re absolutely right.

      Fans can’t be held responsible for any of their actions, because they know how to react. They’re brilliant. They’re immaculate. It doesn’t matter how many people say that it was all the fans’ fault, because none of it was. It doesn’t matter how many people charge where or how many people in the front row are crushed, because you can’t blame the fans for anything.


  18. ovalball

    September 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    If I were a City fan I would be somewhat concerned about the mentality of my “star”. For those who would excuse his actions I give you Mike Schmidt–greatest Phillie of all time, booed by the home fans. What did he do? Kept on hitting and fielding. That’s it. Period.

    You’re a professional, being paid millions. Act like it. You want love? Get a dog.

    • money

      September 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm


      • Laurence

        September 13, 2009 at 8:22 pm

        very nice

    • Evan

      September 13, 2009 at 9:24 pm

      I’m a City fan and I’m only concerned about beating Man Utd. next week. As long as Adebayor is scoring goals I could care less about his personal life.

  19. M. Scallon

    September 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the responses. Yeesh.

    Adebayor made a mistake, he was stupid, it was a brainless act from someone who should know better. It was the cause of these Arsenal fans’ behaviour and he should be punished. Of course.

    This does not excuse Arsenal fans from charging down a load of chairs and putting other people’s lives at risk.

    “Ade-Man-Whore” – Yes, you were the cause of the rioting in this hypothetical situation, but that doesn’t mean that they should attack you. If these people beat you up, then surely their assault/GBH/whatever is worse than your hideous misjudgment. Understand?

    Spike – It’s controversial, not contraversial. Just FYI in case you want to complain about something else. Make sure that Kenneth knows too. We don’t want him dignifying anything with a response that doesn’t deserve it.

    Evan – It doesn’t matter if they are Arsenal fans, City fans or Plymouth fans – the fact that they have put other people’s lives at risk is the major problem in this.

    The main point is: Why is Adebayor being hung, drawn and quartered, when football fans can be so dangerously combustible as to actually knock a man unconscious?

    • money

      September 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm

      lol at “why is adebayor being hung, drawn, quarterd?”. did you watch the game?

      • M. Scallon

        September 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm

        Yeah, when you comment, maybe you should consider the whole question instead of cracking up in the middle… just a hint… take it or leave it…

  20. brigham

    September 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    What a pathetic article and the author is obviously another clueless retard who knows nothing about football and its fans.

    Stick to writing for womans weekly or knitting patterns old son.

    • M. Scallon

      September 13, 2009 at 5:18 pm

      Another clueless retard. Glad to know I’m not on my own. Also good to know that Woman’s Weekly and Knitting Patterns are looking for clueless retards.

      If they also specify a need for a pathetic attempt to lower other people’s self-esteem, I’ll inform them of you, Spike and Kenneth in due course.

    • mike

      September 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm

      calling someone a retard just because you don’t like what they have to say is just wrong man. it offends people with special needs and borders on being ignorant. why don’t you go pick on someone your own size.

  21. Ade-Man-Whore

    September 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Put it this way, I drove past a big Muslim demonstration last night. They were chanting on the street, I’m not sure of the cause but it looked pretty serious. Now let’s say for example that I got of my car hold my hands up and basically goad them. Had those people then reacted, the root of it would of come from me. I would have incited trouble, that’s exactly what Adebayor did and had someone died then he would of had blood on his hands, but let’s not get too melodramtic eh?

  22. Joel

    September 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “Utterlyclassless and not worth dignifying with a response. Disgraceful.” – Kenneth, you do know that you provided a response, right? Just checking.

    As for the article, I think you made too little of Adebayor’s responsibility in the situation. Absolutely classless celebration, whatever the situation. I’m always pleased when players score against their old clubs and merely walk back to the other half. That’s class. But the fans don’t need to react that way, either.

    Paul Scholes has definitely been a big surprise this season for Utd. Too bad he didn’t learn to tackle 20 years ago. On the plus side, he’ll be fresh for the next game he enters.

  23. Joel

    September 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Sorry, bud, but I wouldn’t be so clear on the relative badness of starting a riot versus attempted murder, I just know that you find the mob who rioted more at fault than Adebayor, which is laughable.

    And that doesn’t even conclude his sins — the deliberate attempt to sever Cesc from his foot and repeat the Martin Taylor feat is just another of his — what did you have the gall to call it? — brilliance that has gone unnoted for the most part.

    For the most part, what I saw was Adebayor being stripped of the ball, beaten to high balls, falling and crying for fouls, not chasing back, and all around being the mediocre spirit with superior skills that he is.

    But you have to wonder? He thinks he is in the right because Bendtner broke some shoe rule, so Adebayor feels that a head-butt in competition is justified? Is this really a stable individual?

    So long as the Money City supporters and players keep their lips firmly planted on his nether regions, Adebayor will accept your love and will, for the most part, except when Money City fans from Kazakhstan or St Helena scorn him, play well now and again.

    • Joel

      September 13, 2009 at 4:42 pm

      You stole my name and posted under it before me! For shame! Hehe.

      • Joel

        September 13, 2009 at 9:22 pm

        You stole my name too.

  24. Ade-Man-Whore

    September 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm


    We have some of the worst fans? Whats that based on?

    • Huh

      September 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm

      Could be the racist Adebayor chants that no one seems to mention, but I don’t know what do you think?

    • Evan

      September 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

      It”s based on logic.

  25. Ade-Man-Whore

    September 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    What the hell are you talking about? Who was it who made the decision to run the whole length of the pitch and and incite the fans? Why did he do it? Because he knew he’d get a rise out of them. I don’t agree with fan violence and am sad that a steward got injured but football fans on mass are historically testorone fulled groups. These are normal working people and they vent the weeks stress at a game of football. Unlike our home support our away fans are very passionate, you never hear of incidents of football hooliganism involving Arsenal fans which just goes to show how much he wound the fans up. Put it this way, he got a double his money pay rise last season and then stopped trying. He was on 80K a week, how many of those fans earn anything close to that? He probably earns in an entire month what the sum total of our travelling support does in a year, maybe even more. Those fans contributed to his wages and when they se no effort, followed by a move where he works his socks of playing against us and further compunds it by celebrating a goal in front of our fans I think you can understand the reaction. It doesn’t make it right but he knew what he was doing and should of reacted with more responsibility. If Eduardo got a 2 game ban for a dive then Ade should be looking at 6 game ban. 3 for his celebration and 3 for stamping on RVP’s head.

  26. Evan

    September 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Great article. I totally agree with everything stated in this article. Arsenal have some of the worst fans.

    • money

      September 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm

      oh yes, unintentional injury to a steward is by far the worst act in the whole game.

    • Mark

      September 13, 2009 at 7:45 pm

      Evan, you know nothing about football if you think Arsenal fans are the worst. You truly are a moron!

      • Evan

        September 13, 2009 at 9:19 pm

        whatever Mark. Believe what you want. I have more important things to do deal with than argue with you.

      • Cam

        September 14, 2009 at 3:10 am

        did you read Evans comment properly Mark???? It says “Arsenal have SOME OF THE WORST fans” not THE worst….you’re just as bad as those racist c**ts flinging insults at people just because they express their own opinion! The only comments I see you making are pointless attacks.

        Both Adebayor AND Arsenal are at fault. While Adebayor did some disgusting things on the weekend, the Arsenal fans were way out of line! Racism should never be accepted in any way shape or form and I’d like to see the fans be punished as well as Adebayor for his stomping antics…as for his celebration, its football and people have been doing this kind of thing forever!! I’d rather see the divers be punished/abused more heavily than see those who celebrate goals be punished and abused!


    September 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I think its madeybayor who nearly caused a nearly caused a riot and risked lives did he really need to run 100 yards to celebrate in front of the travelling Arsenal fans? he did this because he knew that it would cause trouble, if you diddnt know what kind of a person he is you just have to see the Van Perie incident in slow motion then you will realizye, as for the steward would he of got hurt if Madeybayor celebrated with his own fans??
    not what you expect from a player how gets paid very well not the kind of role model we need.

  28. Spike

    September 13, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Who is this idiot???

    Clueless, ill thought out, lazy and most probably the ramblings of a spud.

    There is no journalistic value or integrity to this garbage.

    Oh dear, trying to engender hits by being “contraversial” OOH, get you.

    The 1st response says it all.

    • Huh

      September 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm


      I think this writer is not following most of the sheep with knee jerk reactions(only human nature) but looking slightly deeper at the incidents which incidentally he rightly names one of them as ‘ill-advised’ and rightly so, but there is a defence that u wont entertain.
      Imagine being Ade happy at a club (was never going anywhere just wanted better wages, that other clubs were willing to pay therefore making Arsenal pay just like many before) to find the fans still booing after he had signed a five year contract HE DID NOT LEAVE BUT COULD HAVE. So he turns into a big kid the boos continue and Wenger has no option but to get rid. Then many storeys emerge with fans calling him a greedy bastard etc (not Wenger who says different by the way) he has many pops back at the Arsenal fans and a hate hate relationship begins.
      Now it’s the day of the match there is ill feeling with some of the players and the fans who obviously boo his every move and sing a racist chant about his Father and Mother, Song hits him hard the ref has a word, Bentner takes a swipe as he runs past 3 defenders along the arsenal back line, RVP fly’s into a two footed challenge in which he comes off worse. Then bang he rises to a cross from Richards to head home the third goal, a huge euphoria comes over him a massive release the rest is history but he knows this was not the correct thing to do as do the Arsenal fans when they try to force they’re way on the pitch and throw objects onto the pitch at him he apologises straight after the game. Put yourself in his shoes, I’d want to rub as much salt in as I could and if your honest so would u (professional or not).
      If Arsenal won and he never scored their fans would be giving him a right going over, but they didn’t and he wont care to much about a ban he’s had the last laugh and I imagine him to be a very happy guy today.

  29. kenneth

    September 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    a totally brainless post from a mole. Utterlyclassless and not worth dignifying with a response. Disgraceful

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