[/mt_one_half] Bayern Munich fan site, FC Bayern Worldwide has come forth with the clarification on the banner, which read “Gooners!! Text (67777) the stewards!” on their official Facebook page. The banner was seen at the Emirates Stadium during the first leg of Arsenal vs Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League. Arsenal lost 1-3 that night.
Claiming it’s responsibility, the statement explained the real meaning behind that banner, as it left a lot of people a little confused, worldwide. The statement also took a sensible dig at the current level of security being practiced in majority of the UK stadiums. It ended with a witty attack on Arsenal. Nothing evil, just good old banter.
The statement read.[mt_blockquote author=”FC Bayern Munich Worldwide Facebook Post”] We, FC Bayern WorldWide, take responsibility for the banner held up in the first few minutes of the Arsenal-Bayern match last Tuesday. It read, “Gooners!! Text (67777) the stewards!”. For those of you not quite sure about the meaning, Arsenal offers an SMS system, which enables fans to report other fans demonstrating so-called misbehavior, such as “persistent standing” – the suspect is then escorted out of the stadium. We were helpful enough to print the number under which the stewards could be contacted (67777), however, we unfortunately do not know how many Arsenal fans did end up complaining about the “rowdy” Bayern supporters. The exaggerated security scares in Germany are troublesome enough for keeping our fan culture alive, but English Premier League clubs demonstrate a whole new level. The text messaging service enabling stadium-goers to “tell” on fellow fans is the pinnacle of recent efforts to solidify the change in demographics in football stands throughout the UK. Without wanting to sound like moral preachers, we’d like to remind English fans that complaining about high-priced tickets etc. on internet forums is not enough. If you want your atmospheres back, you’ve got to underline your words with actions! Instead of using an SMS service to grass on other fans, stand together and sing, prevent the stewards from pulling out fellow standing fans and make your discontent at high ticket prices seen and heard live! On a brighter note, the Bayern fans turned the away game into a home game through their fantastic support and with the help of a largely quiet English crowd, which may have been dazzled by the biggest pyro show in the history of English football (as the players walked onto the pitch). [/mt_blockquote]