Stoke chairman Peter Coates and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger were in agreement over the condemnation of chants towards Aaron Ramsey.
Welsh midfielder Ramsey suffered a broken leg in a fixture between Stoke and Arsenal six years ago, and Potters’ fans subjected the 25-year-old to boos and chants of “Aaron Ramsey, he walks with a limp” throughout Sunday’s 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium.
Coates insisted that he did not hear the chants on Sunday afternoon, but made it clear that the club would not approve of such behaviour post-match.
“You’re telling me something that I’m completely unaware of,” Coates told the The Guardian when asked about the chants. “I’ve no idea that chant had taken place, but we wouldn’t approve of it at all.
“I don’t think it’s a minority of fans; I know it’s a minority. People chant all sorts of awful things at all sorts of grounds, which I dislike. But do I approve of that sort of chanting? Of course I don’t.
“You go around football grounds and hear some chanting I don’t like. I wish they didn’t do it but how do you control these things? You can’t. The best thing is to shut your ears in a way, like he [Wenger] said: switch off and ignore it as best you can.
“I think the sooner we forget about these things the better, [otherwise] I think all you do is almost keep it going. But this is not something we would want our supporters to be doing.”
Arsenal boss Wenger had his say, adding: “I shut my ears and I think that’s the best way to deal with it. I don’t know what to do about it. I have no influence on it. When people get together sometimes they forget their individual responsibility and maybe when you go home and watch it on television you are less proud.”