Arsenal fans to stage protest at the Emirates
Arsenal fans are set to stage a protest on Sunday, standing against majority shareholder Stan Kroenke’s input into the club and a 3% increase in ticket prices next season, according to The Daily Mail.
The Gunners take on West Brom at the Emirates on Sunday and a Twitter account, using the handle Arsenal_Anon, is pushing the protest, which is expected to attract “hundreds of fans”.
It is understood that the protest is in no way related to performances on the pitch, and is purely a stand by fans against the powers-that-be at the club.
The 3% increase in ticket prices was announced back in January as a measure to keep prices in line with inflation, but various supporter groups met the news unfavourably, with the same account stating that Gunners’ supporters have been met with the highest ticket prices in world football.
Kroenke officially joined the Arsenal board of directors in September 2008, before increasing his stake in the club to 62.89% in April 2011.
Arsenal_Anon’s statement indicates that the protest will be staged outside the Director’s Entrance at the stadium.
The following is an excerpt from the start of the statement:
“This protest [which] is related solely to 3% increase and against Stan Kroenke.
“We are not protesting against Arsenal, because we the fans are Arsenal. We are protesting against a greedy billionaire owner who has done nothing but take advantage of the supporters. To quote a better American by the name of Thomas Jeffrerson - 'the truest form patriotism is dissent'
“Despite Premier League clubs receiving extra TV revenue of up to 70%, Stan Kroenke has decided to continue to hit the fans with the highest ticket prices in world football…..
“If we don't tell the club they are wrong to increase prices, then why shouldn't they feel justified in making us pay more?
“Succeed or fail, it's time to take action and make a stand. Whether it's 1000 of us or 10 of us, we go out on our shield. Whether we win or lose, we can say that we made a stand for our club whilst others sided with apathy.”
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