By Tamhas Woods: Reaction to the booing of Aaron Ramsey during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Arsenal has created a rift between some Potters supporters.
The Welsh midfielder suffered a broken leg in a challenge with Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross in the game at the Britannia Stadium between the two clubs in February 2010.
And Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised Potters fans for their reaction to Ramsey during the 1-1 draw at the weekend.
Stoke City messageboard the Oatcake Fanzine saw some supporters revealing why they felt the Gunners man deserved such a negative reception.
One wrote: “The fact that he had a career threatening injury doesn’t make any difference, the injury isn’t why we booed him, its how he reacted to Ryan’s apology.”
However, others condemned the actions of their fellow fans, with one user posting: “I usually defend our team and our fans to fans of other teams but today it’s impossible.
“No wonder we have such a bad reputation.”
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis conceded that the abuse can be hard for players and managers.
“It is very difficult for us all,” he said. “I go to grounds and get abused. Is it acceptable? The powers that be have got to decide that.”