Social media has resurfaced an old Manchester City video after fans slammed Arsenal for their treatment of a mascot.
The Arsenal players were shown signing a mascot’s shirt before their Premier League match against West Ham United, but fans criticized the team for failing to acknowledge the young girl in the clip.
However, the father of the mascot has since defended the Gunners and the players, stating that his daughter had a ‘lovely time’.
He tweeted: “My daughter had a lovely time as Mascot for @Arsenal.
“There was only a small window to meet the players and she enjoyed it very much. Odegaard is her favorite player so to hold his hand onto the pitch was very special.”
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Making memories with our mascot ❤️ pic.twitter.com/LjGWmzd2Vl
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 16, 2023
As the viral video of Arsenal’s treatment of a mascot continues to circulate on social media, an old clip of Manchester City has resurfaced, demonstrating how to properly treat a mascot.
The footage showcases players Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, and Kyle Walker all interacting with the mascot in a heartwarming manner.
The clip begins with Haaland, followed by Grealish, who greets the mascot with kindness.
Foden then initiates a big round of applause before Walker stops and gives the mascot multiple claps, creating a wholesome moment.
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This is how you treat a mascot. Fair play Man City! 👏 pic.twitter.com/iYk8WMP81B
— Football Away Days (@FBAwayDays) April 18, 2023
Needless to say, the Man City video got fans online talking as they praised the likes of Foden and Grealish for how they treated the mascot.
One Twitter user wrote: “One second of their time, lifetime of memories for the mascot.”
A second tweeted: “This is so cute. Personal favourite was Foden’s lmao.”
A third added: “City players have always been good at this stuff.”
A fourth said: “It only takes a split second to give that kid a memory for life… fair play.”
Another commented: “That’s how it should be done! Well done.