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Stoke chairman Peter Coates slams own fans for sick chants

The Welsh ace was mocked for suffering a broken leg at the Britannia six years ago

STOKE chairman Peter Coates has slammed his own fans who taunted Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey with sick chants.

The Welsh ace, who suffered a broken leg at the Britannia six years ago, was abused with shameful chants of “Aaron Ramsey, he walks with a limp” during Sunday’s goalless draw.

And now Coates has agreed with Arsene Wenger in condemnation of the chants.

Although he never heard the songs at the time, Coates insists he has no time for that sort of behaviour and wants the club to move on from the incident.

He said: 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.”

Wenger fumed after the game: “When people get together sometimes they forget their individual responsibility.

“Maybe when they go home and watch it on television they are less proud.”

And the Stoke chief agrees with the French manager that it is best advised to turn a deaf ear to the minority of fans who decided to sing that song.

He added: “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.”