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Arsenal fans are desperate to see the back of Stan Kroenke following this week’s European Super League fiasco – and they’re not the only ones who don’t hold the Gunners chief in high regard.
Along with their fellow Premier League Big Six clubs and six teams from Spain and Italy, Arsenal were one of 12 sides who rocked European football to its core on Sunday night by announcing their intention to break away from UEFA competitions and form a Super League.
The proposal, which would have reportedly earned each club a staggering £310million, was met with unparalleled levels of outrage throughout the continent, with guaranteed qualification for its founding members year on year deemed a threat to the sport’s competitive element.
And amid widespread protests over the Super League, on Tuesday and Wednesday all but three of the clubs involved performed humiliating U-turns and pulled out the project.
Despite their withdrawal, and an apology released on the club’s website, Arsenal fans have reached breaking point in their relationship with Kroenke and want him to cash out at the Emirates this summer.
The American has been a deeply unpopular figure in north London since taking charge in 2011, mainly for prioritising finances in the boardroom over guiding Arsenal back to glory on the pitch.
Gunners fans, then, will absolutely love WWE boss Vince McMahon’s comments about his fellow US businessman back in 2009.
Kroenke fell out with McMahon when the WWE were due to host an episode of Monday Night Raw at the Pepsi Center – home of his NBA side the Denver Nuggets.
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However, what Kroenke had failed to consider was his team’s unlikely run to the NBA playoffs that season, which meant they needed to use the Pepsi Center on the same night the WWE were pencilled in for.
McMahon was forced to take his wrestling company to the home of Denver’s opponents: the LA Lakers.
This absolutely incensed the WWE bigwig, who blasted Kroenke on American TV by saying: “Quite frankly, it’s my view that Stan Kroenke should be arrested for impersonating a good businessman.
“Because he is not a good businessman.”
McMahon also had a team captained by John Cena dress in Lakers gear and beat a Randy Orton-led side wearing Nugget colours.
He then mocked Kroenke once more by inviting a lookalike onto Monday Night Raw and shoving him to the mat for “disrespecting WWE fans”.
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