The Daily Telegraph was among the sources to report the news that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere had been charged with misconduct by the FA following his actions as the Gunners celebrated their FA Cup final win against Aston Villa.
Wilshere was caught on video leading Arsenal supporters in chants against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, which contained expletives and ruffled the feathers of many Spurs fans all over the capital.
There seem to be two main ways that the situation is being judged, with the FA now having made their stance clear over the matter.
On the one hand, there is the group that will consider Wilshere’s antics as nothing more than banter, suggesting that Tottenham fans would have done the same thing and sung anti-Arsenal songs had one of their players encouraged it.
On the other hand, there is the group that will feel Wilshere’s actions have been badly misjudged and that he should have adhered to his responsibilities as a role model, regardless of emotions running high after the FA Cup win.
The specifics of how Wilshere could be punished haven’t been made clear, but it’s likely that the FA will take a hard line with the Arsenal man.
The midfielder was quick to apologise for his actions last weekend, as covered the Telegraph, showing remorse at the mistake he’d made and for any offence he’d caused in the process.
Professional players now need to be more wary than ever before about the way they behave in public and the way their words could be perceived by those in positions, with the ability to do something strict about it.
The Telegraph’s report states that Wilshere has until June 10 to respond to the charge.
Here’s what Arsenal and Tottenham fans had to say on Twitter about the FA’s decision.
Guys, sign the petition in support of Jack Wilshere. It's only a matter of one minute https://t.co/OyuLzzi7ih— Alex Baguzin (@AlexBaguzin) June 3, 2015
Wilshere being charged for orchestrating some chants with fans is a joke. He could've sung much worse.— Richard (@spangladeshi) June 3, 2015
Can believe Wilshere has been charged with misconduct, absolute bloody joke! #AFC— Dan Floyd (@Danielfloyd1981) June 3, 2015
Swearing or not it's harsh to charge Wilshere for simply stating the obvious.— Antti (@Laporttila) June 3, 2015
Fascinating precedent if the FA is now saying footballers can't ask a question in public. #wilshere— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 3, 2015
Serves ya right Wilshere, you'd just won the FA Cup what were you doing singing about Spurs for?!— Josh Pearson (@JoshPearson_10) June 3, 2015
Ha Wilshere— Emily (@emily_cliffordx) June 3, 2015