Arsenal fans call on club to ban The Sun over London Bridge headline
PUBLISHED: 11:50 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 08 June 2017
Furious gooners want The Sun banned from their club for printing the headline “Jihadi killer in an Arsenal shirt” after the London Bridge terrorist attack.
More than 4,000 people have already signed a petition calling for the club to ban the newspaper from The Emirates and the training ground London Colney.
The campaign comes after The Sun printed the headline with a picture of one of the three attackers – in an Arsenal away shirt – lying on the floor after being shot.
Eight people were murdered when Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba drove a van into pedestrians and then stabbed passers-by on Saturday night.
And Arsenal fans have questioned why The Sun chose to focus on their club, saying the paper has “yet again dragged a decent football club’s name through the dirt”.
Arsenal Fan TV’s Heavy D signed the petition and told the Gazette he had no idea why Arsenal were brought into it.
“The Sun are vulgar,” he said. “That headline made my blood boil. A lot of people thought the same.
“It’s about time The Sun was banned. We don’t want to be associated with it. They’re trying to bring the club’s name down.
“I’ve asked Corbyn to sign it but he hasn’t got back to me yet. I’m rallying everyone.
“An atrocity like that and they bring Arsenal into it. I don’t understand the thought process. They’ve upset a lot of people and put Arsenal fans’ noses out of joint.”
The petition, which can be viewed here, was set up by Matt Phillips, who wrote: “I call on the decent people of north London and anywhere around the country that has had enough of this to stand in solidarity with the people of Merseyside and Manchester.”
Despite the protest, an Arsenal spokesman said the club would not be banning the paper.
He said in a statement to fans: “We are aware of the headline in The Sun newspaper relating to the tragic events at the weekend.
“We have received comments from fans regarding this and have suggested anyone wishing to take the matter further to contact the newspaper directly.”