Jeremy Corbyn DOESN’T see red! Labour leader remains calm as fellow Arsenal fans give opposition manager a raucous send-off when he is sent to the stands by referee
- Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn watched Arsenal’s clash with Atletico Madrid
- Staunch Arsenal fan Corbyn was pictured reacting calmly as Atletico manager Diego Simeone was sent to the stands
- But it wasn’t a happy ending to the evening as Arsenal were held 1-1 by 10 men
- Corbyn is a big Arsenal fan with the club inside his Islington North constituency
Staunch Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn was in the stands at the Emirates Stadium as his beloved Gunners took on Atletico Madrid on Thursday night – but the Labour leader wasn’t quite as animated as those around him.
As supporters clamoured to give Atletico manager Diego Simeone a less-than-fond farewell as he was banished to the stands during the Europa League semi-final, Corbyn reacted calmly.
Simeone was furious after Atletico player Sime Vrsaljko was dismissed for two yellow cards inside the opening 10 minutes.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn remains calm as fellow Arsenal fans bid a not-so-fond farewell to Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone after he is sent to the stands at the Emirates Stadium
Many Arsenal fans around Corbyn at the Emirates Stadium gave Simeone a send-off
Simeone was sent to the stands after protesting against refereeing decisions early in the game
He was furious after Atletico player Sime Vrsaljko was sent off in the first 10 minutes
Simeone was forced to watch the remainder of the 1-1 draw from the stands at the Emirates
So when Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin went unpunished for a foul moments later, Simeone blew his top again and was sent from the dug-out by referee Clement Turpin.
Many Arsenal fans reacted with obscene hand gestures and mocking chants, but Corbyn watched on serenly amid the chaos around him.
Corbyn makes no secret of his affection for the north London club, who play within his constituency of Islington North.
Back in 2004, Corbyn and other MPs signed a parliamentary motion stating Arsenal were the best club in the world after they went an entire Premier League season unbeaten.
The motion, proposed by Brian Sedgemore MP, read: ‘This House believes that Arsenal is the best club football team in the world at the moment and admires them for the fluency and poetry that they have brought to the beautiful game.’
Corbyn, pictured with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, is a staunch Arsenal supporter
The Labour leader presented EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier with a personalised Arsenal shirt during a visit to Brussels last year
Corbyn has also previously supported motions congratulating the Arsenal men’s and women’s teams on winning the FA Cup. He has also campaigned for the club to become a living wage employer.
In 2015, Corbyn named Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp and Jens Lehmann as his all-time favourite Arsenal players.
Asked by The Spectator for his favourites, Corbyn said: ‘Of all time, Ian Wright. Plus, Dennis Bergkamp. And the one I really enjoyed talking to was Jens Lehmann. I like him very much.’
After Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger last week announced his intention to step down at the end of the season, Corbyn posted a heartfelt tribute on his social media accounts.
He wrote: ‘Thank you Arsene Wenger for all you have done for Arsenal and our community in North London, and for the inspiration you have given to young people to take up football.
Corbyn watches Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley last season – they beat Chelsea 2-1
The Labour leader is a regular at the Emirates and is seen here applauding former player Alexis Sanchez as he leaves the field during a match in 2016
Corbyn takes on Theresa May during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons this week
‘Thank you for all the achievements, over such a long period, for the club I love.
‘Three Premier League titles, the unbeaten season, a record breaking seven FA Cups and revolutionising the English game.
‘Thank you for the beautiful football and wonderful memories. And thank you for the example you have set in standing up to abuse and criticism, proving you are stronger than all your critics.
‘Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Wenger, pour votre bon travail.’
However, it wasn’t a happy night for Corbyn as they were held 1-1 by the Spanish side despite playing against 10 men for over 80 minutes of the contest.
A late Antoine Griezmann goal cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s opener, meaning it’s advantage Atletico ahead of next Thursday’s second leg in the Spanish capital.
Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring Atletico Madrid’s late equaliser against Arsenal
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