The fans of Arsenal Football Club have had to put up with more than most in the modern age, although I´m sure that the supporters of clubs like Leeds, Portsmouth and others will have a different point of view. Yes we have always had Champions League games to look forward to and despite the failure to win a trophy for almost a decade, Arsenal have never been in danger of relegation or going into administration.
But does that really mean that we have nothing to complain about? Far from it, and the recent AGM was a great example, when our chairman Sir Chips Keswick made it clear how little he thinks about the fans´ feelings and our billionaire owner, who just took a nice £3 million payment for ‘advice’, did not even bother to answer any questions or even speak.
This week the Arsenal fans were right behind the fans of Bayern Munich and their very understandable protest at the extortionate ticket prices they had to pay to come to the Emirates stadium. So why do we not do the same thing ourselves?
The Man City fans have decided that they will voice their own concerns about various issues they have with UEFA and have started to boo the Champions League anthem at every European game. Fair play to them I say, but UEFA in their infinite wisdom have decided that this is worth charging the club for.
With all the corruption and scandal in football, how dare they? I would like every club in England, if not Europe, to join the Man City fans and boo that anthem, if only to show UEFA that they cannot treat us fans with such contempt. And while we are at it, how about a regular protest at the Arsenal home games to make it clear to our profiteering club that we are not happy?