With Piers Morgan calling it a ‘disgrace,’ Granit Xhaka was under fire as he told the Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ following the crowd’s booing. Unai Emergy was firm in saying that Xhaka is ‘wrong’ for doing so.
The fans booed Xhaka after it took some time for Xhaka to get out of the field after a call for substitution. He was subbed due to his lacklustre performance.
As the booing got stronger, he cupped his ear, removed his shirt, ignored Emery’s handshake, said the words and storm through the tunnel.
As a captain, the reactions of the fans, as well as the Twitterverse, were consistently against him.
Xhaka was not the first to be booed by their owns, however.
Here are football players who received the same fate.
While substituting Ross Barkley in a Europa League’s match against Malmo, Jorginho was booed heavily by Chelsea diehards as he approached the field.
Although it was considered the Maurizio Sarri was behind the dislike, the fans were actually hating on Jorginho’s style of play. Other than his sideways pass, fans noted that Jorginho offers little to no excitement while playing on the field.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Bale has a string of titles and honours on his name. He may be known for his acrobatic goals. However, he struggled in one aspect: real consistency.
In a 1-0 home defeat in a match against Barcelona, Bale was substituted in the 61st-minute mark and prompted a loud booing from the fans.
Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
Torres has earned boos from both Chelsea faithful and that of the opponents’ supporters. His dire performance following a big-money move was behind the booing. In 172 appearances, Torrest has only netted 45 goals.
On his 100th club appearance against Swansea, Torres received relentless booing from the crowd. The crowd also went wild when Demba Ba substituted for him in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal)
Eboue was booed by the Arsenal during a Premier League match against Wigan. Arsenal was leading with 1-0, but the then head coach, Arsene Wenger decided to substitute for Eboue in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Saying that he did bad is an understatement. He tackled a teammate and gave the ball away twice. Wenger pulled him off after 9 minutes of action in the field amidst the caterwauling boos.
Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
Ferdinand was the subject of the fans’ ridicule during the 2005 preseason friendly games. He was the star player then but was caught meeting up with Peter Kenyon, chief executive to Chelsea.
The fans concluded that Ferdinand was cooking up a move to another club. The fact that he stalled the negotiations between the Red Devils and him despite the £100,000 weekly offer.
Hossam Ghaly (Tottenham)
In May 2007, Ghaly subbed for Steed Malbranque as he sustained an injury. The substitution happened during the first half and on the second half, Ghaly was substituted for someone else. Martin Jol, the former manager of Tottenham, was not satisfied with his performance.
Ghaly took it heavily, ripping his shirt as he was getting off the pitch. He even flung it in front of Jol. The crowd immediately went into a booing frenzy. Every time he plays on the pitch since then, the fans would greet him with resounding boos.