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Hector Bellerin's criticism of Arsenal Fan TV is unwarranted

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260   //    23 Feb 2018, 12:16 IST

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal - Premier League
Hector Bellerin in action

It is within the fundamental rights of anyone to voice his or her opinion and in whatever dimension he perceives is right. But most times, it’s more appropriate to err on the side of caution than sprout words that may spark controversy within the masses.

The latest of many celebrities to find himself in such a situation is Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin who became the first active Premier League player to appear at the Oxford Union and had this to say about Arsenal fan TV,

“It is so wrong for someone who claims to be a fan and their success is fed off a failure. How can that be a fan? There are just people hustling, trying to make money their way, which everyone is entitled to do”.

You can make a case for Bellerin's disregard considering Arsenal fan TV started off as a borrowed equipment. If anything, Arsenal fan TV should be lauded for creating a platform that allows the voice of fans to be held, but then, is it wrong for a true fan to criticise his team?

A fan is someone who listens or watches something very much; an admirer, besides football is a game that sparks indescribable emotions and energy.

Is it logical to withdraw opinions in the wake of dark times instigated by poor management?

Is it logical to travel miles away from home, watch a suicidal performance from your team, yet compliment in the name of reeling in the positives?

Arsenal fan TV is a network established and supervised by a fraction of Arsenal fans and will eventually follow a business model in the long run. Does it change the basic principles for creating the platform?

No! So, to derogate the honest opinions of people who have supported the team for decades and pay a lot of money to watch their side over a full season because you can not deal with their criticism is nothing but poor judgment.

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