Arsenal fans protest against owner for Super League debacle

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LONDON — Several hundred Arsenal fans protested outside Emirates Stadium before the team's English Premier League match against Everton on Friday to call for owner Stan Kroenke to leave the club over its bid to join the Super League.

Fans gathered on the stadium's concourse more than two hours before kickoff, banging metal screens above the main box office, lighting flares, setting off fireworks and chanting “We want Kroenke out,” and “We want our Arsenal back.”

They also hung banners over the edge of the concourse including ones that read, “Arsenal till I die. Kroenke out,” and “Our club our home. Sell up Stan.”

After gathering on the concourse, the fans marched down stairs in front of the box office and team store to continue their noisy demonstration.

Fan anger has been brewing since Arsenal and five other Premier League clubs announced they would join a breakaway Super League last Sunday. And It hasn't subsided even when Arsenal quit the 12-team Super League project on Tuesday night in the face of a growing public backlash, and apologized to fans.

Kroenke's son joined an Arsenal fans forum on Thursday when they voiced their disdain.

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Frank Griffiths, The Associated Press