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Arsenal,Spurs condemn abusive chants

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur put their on-field rivalry aside by taking the unusual step of issuing a joint statement condemning the chants

Written by Reuters | London | Published: October 4, 2011 1:21:11 am

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur put their on-field rivalry aside on Monday by taking the unusual step of issuing a joint statement condemning the chants of some of their supporters at Sunday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane. Arsenal fans were offensive towards former striker Emmanuel Adebayor,mocking the gun attack on his Togo team bus during last year’s African Nations Cup tournament in Angola which left three members of the Togo party dead.

“It should have been you,it should have been you,killed in Angola,it should have been you,” the Arsenal fans chanted.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was scathing afterwards,describing the chants as disgusting and Spurs confirmed on Monday that several fans from the home and away sections of the crowd were ejected. “How do you chant something like that. You can’t be right mentally. There were kids up there,” Redknapp said. Wenger said he had heard the chants and added: “We respect everybody and want to be respected too.”

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