Patrick Vieira urges Arsenal fans to ensure protest against Stan Kroenke does not turn violent

PATRICK VIEIRA has urged Arsenal fans to ensure today’s protest against Stan Kroenke does not turn violent.

Cops were injured in scuffles this month when Manchester United supporters raged at the Glazers.


Now Gunners icon Vieira, 44, has claimed 'violence is not the answer' as he urged fans to remain peaceful.

The 2003 Invincibles star said: “It is obvious violence is not the answer in any kind of communication.

“The message gets lost and people will talk about the negativity more than anything else.

“I think this is a democracy where you can express yourself about what you think about the way the club is being run.

"I hope it will be done in a peaceful way.”

Thousands of fans are expected to join in demonstrations before, during and after the final game of the season against Brighton.

The ‘Kroenke Out Fans In’ campaign by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust is designed to put pressure on the owner to sell up to Spotify billionaire Daniel Ek, whose bid is backed by former midfielder Vieira.

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Swede Ek has promised to give fans a much bigger say in how the club is run – although his first bid of £1.8billion was rejected.

Vieira said: “I believe Daniel is the right person to bring happiness back to this football club.

“He is here for the long term and is prepared to wait to purchase the football club.”

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