Newcastle United fans have responded on HITC Sport to Arsenal legend Ian Wright’s harsh words about them.
Earlier this week, the former England international striker wrote in The Sun that Newcastle fans were wrong to criticise referee Andre Marriner during the Premier League game against Arsenal last weekend.
Marriner came under abuse from the St. James’ Park faithful, as the Magpies went down 1-0 to the Gunners.
The sending-off of Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic as early as the 16th minute was key in deciding the outcome of the match.
An own goal from defender Fabricio Coloccini in the 52nd minute proved to be the difference between Newcastle and Arsenal at St. James’ Park last weekend.
Newcastle fans were not pleased with the decision and made their feelings clear throughout the game.
Arsenal legend Wright was not impressed with the behaviour of the Newcastle supporters and criticised them severely in The Sun.
“I was at the Newcastle v Arsenal match at the weekend, in the middle of the Toon fans, and was disgusted by the abuse they hurled at Andre Marriner,” Wright wrote in The Sun.
“It wasn’t just a small group — it was thousands of them acting in unison — and I found it unfair and deeply offensive.
“Ref Marriner got the decision to send off Aleksandar Mitrovic absolutely spot on. He went in over the top on Francis Coquelin with his studs showing and it was an automatic red card.”
“I don’t like to see bullying in any form, and that is what the Toon fans were doing,” added the former Arsenal star. “It’s not on, and when it gets this bad the football authorities have to look at it and take action.”
Newcastle fans have responded to Wright’s criticism by posting comments on HITC Sport, a selection of which is below:
UTD111: “Ah Ian Wright - Nice, balanced comment from someone who thinks he is a TV legend in his own lunch break.....but basically has a much bigger issue with his fashion sense and perhaps should have gone to specsavers?”
M Williamson: “Colo’s booking was wrong but Thauvin's trip even though unintentional was as blatant a penalty as you could get, two poor decisions with but sides benefitting from one apiece,
“It was not the ref who won the game for Arsenal, it was our weak midfield who once again were totally dominated resulting in our attacking players being spectators once again because we cannot win the ball in midfield.”
Leazes Ender: “Mariner was in the pocket of Wenger before kick off, and even the Arsenal players seemed shocked at the decision to send off Mitrovic rather than book him.”
Ray Johnson: “It wasn't the sending off that was the problem so much it was a yellow card every time Newcastle challenged for the ball and nothing when arsenal did (apart from the 1 occasion).”
murvar: “Wright is an idiot. Nearly as bad as Savage. Hurling abuse at the ref is a time-honoured part of the fans' entertainment at the match - any match. How the authorities can be expected to take action against it, I'm not sure, as long as it's not racist.
“I can't see what's different about criticising the ref and criticising players - does he want that banned too? And if anyone is to blame for the current trend to criticiise refs it is the media and managers - they have demeaned refs openly for ages. I'm a Newcastle fan and was at the match - I think the decision to send off Mitrovic was correct. But I like the idea that we can create a hostile atmosphere again - it's been missing for too long.”
PierreLike: “Wright assumes we were booing because of the sending off, which makes him even more a fool. It was the lack of yellows for Arsenal fouls, and the antics of some of the Arsenal players that was the reason for the anger.”
Shearerknowsnothing: “I guess that Ian Wright is now easily offended and has never jostled, verbally abused or pushed a referee in his choir boy career. Marriner was correct in sending off Mitrovic, and was probably correct in several of our yellow cards.
“What the Toon objected to was the fact that firstly, Arsenal players were deliberately cheating by feigning injury, and secondly, could do whatever they wanted without so much as a free kick.”