Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has slammed his own team's fans after a series of cruel chants about Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey were made audible in Stoke's 0-0 draw with the Gunners.

The Wales international, 25, famously had his leg broken in a devastating attack by Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross back in 2010 and perhaps understandably, there has been bad blood between Ramsey and Stoke ever since.

However, chants of "he walks with a limp" could be heard very loudly and clearly by the home fans whenever Ramsey got the ball, while the Wales international was also booed on touch at the Britannia Stadium.

Speaking after the game to ​The Guardian, Stoke chairman Coates was furious about the chants that had taken place, said that the game had no time for such behaviour and that he very much disapproved.


“You’re telling me something that I’m completely unaware of. I’ve no idea that chant had taken place, but we wouldn’t approve of it at all,” Coates said.

“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.”

“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."

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The 0-0 draw had no real effect for either team in the sense that neither could pull away from teams below them - while Arsenal returned to the Premier League summit, they are only there on goal difference, whereas seventh placed Stoke moved an extra point ahead of Crystal Palace.

Stoke's next fixture in the Premier League is against high flying Leicester City, while Arsenal will entertain champions Chelsea as they seek to remain at the top of the table.