One of the first things I ever wrote about Arsenal, about six years ago, was about Aaron Ramsey and Stoke City. Don’t bother reading this because it’s not very good, but suffice it to say that ever since Ryan Shawcross broke Ramsey’s leg, Stoke fans have been horrible about it, and it should surprise nobody that they still are. Today, while their team was in the process of losing (again) to Arsenal, they were singing that “Aaron Ramsey...walks with a limp.”
In reality, of course, Ramsey’s recovered from that mess to be one of the best midfielders (and players) in the Premier League, and if he played for Stoke maybe they wouldn’t be nine places and 15 points behind us on the table. But still, Stoke’s horrible fans sang their horrible song, and because of that manager Mark Hughes got asked about it.
Hughes, rather than calling out his fans for being gross, decided that the proper reaction to the question was to mostly ignore it and then flee. Good stuff, Mark.
I suppose I get that a manager wouldn’t be especially eager to talk about something like this after a tough loss, and probably wouldn’t want to go in on his team’s fans for any reason, but come on, man. Stoke fans have been disgusting about this whole thing for years, and they’re probably not going to stop any time soon. Being complicit in it has removed whatever respect Hughes had coming to him. Stoke City are only five points ahead of the relegation zone right now; here’s hoping that deficit is eliminated and we don’t have to deal with these garbage people anymore.