Wenger gives his take on Paris Metro incident involving London rival Chelsea
Arsene Wenger denounces the racist group of Chelsea fans who prevented a black commuter from entering the the train to Parc des Princes for the first leg UEFA Champions League match against the Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given his verdict on the incident involving Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro, calling it “pathetic and dreadful” while deeming it as “society’s problems.”
Wenger who recently had a case of racism in his youth squad involving Jack Jebb less that 2 years ago, applauded Chelsea for their speedy response and has urged that the law be upheld to his highest order against the wrongdoers who were found to be guilty.
It looked pathetic and dreadful
"It looked pathetic and dreadful. Unfortunately, we always have a recurrence of that. You have to be extremely severe with any incident of that calibre," said the French man.
A video recorded on a mobile phone showed a black commuter blocked by Chelsea fans when he was trying to board the metro to Parc des Princes for the UEFA Champions League match against the French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The culprits were clearly a group of travelling Chelsea fans, who seemed to be taking pride in their racist nature. They were heard chanting "We're racist and that's the way we like it" by the passengers on board.
On Thursday night, Chelsea announced that they had identified the culprits with the help of their true fans and have suspended the unnamed supporters, pending further investigation. The group of racist supporters might end up being banned from football for life for the stunt they pulled.
You have to be 100 per cent against that
When quizzed about the origin of this problem, he simply responded saying “society’s problem.”
Wenger went on to explain his statement saying, "There is a danger of having radical people in every society. Since I observed youth movements, there are always certain people who are ready for radical solutions and most of the time you have to control them.
"I don't think the managers agree with that kind of behaviour. Everybody has to fight against that. Why should you not? There's no reason at all. You have to be 100 per cent against that. It is absolutely ridiculous."
Arsenal who are to face Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst park will be hoping to keep up their fine form and gain another 3-points to secure their place in the top 4. They will be hoping putting up one of their most mouth-watering line-ups involving Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are quite comfortable at the top with a seven-point lead over their closest opponents Manchester City.