LEON NEAL Jack Wilshere after Arsenal's FA Cup win.
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Wilshere stunned by FA charge over Tottenham chants - 'It was just a bit of fun'
The 23-year-old faces official sanction after leading Arsenal supporters in a series of explicit songs directed at the club’s bitter north London rivals

ARSENAL MIDFIELDER JACK Wilshere is surprised by his FA charge for swearing and says his anti-Tottenham jibes were “a bit of fun”.

Wilshere is considering contesting the misconduct charge, which came after he sang offensive songs during the Gunners’ FA Cup victory parade in London.

The 23-year-old was told of the charge by a member of the FA’s media department when he joined up with the England squad ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

Wilshere, at Arsenal since 2001, insists he has learned his lesson - but feels the threat of FA disciplinary action is too harsh.

“That’s one way [lesson learned] of looking at it. But, at the same time, people have been giving me a lot of stick for having some fun and enjoying myself at the end of [the season],” he told reporters.

“We’ve worked hard all year as a group of players and we’ve won a trophy. That’s the best feeling in the world. No matter what job you do, if at the end of the year you get a promotion and a bonus, you’re going to go out and celebrate. From that side of things it was a bit harsh.

“I’ve always had that bond with the Arsenal fans since I was young because I came through the club. I grew up at Arsenal and I love the fans. I am quite proud of that.

“But, believe it or not, I’ve actually got family who are Tottenham fans so it’s nothing personal against them. It was just a bit of fun.”

Originally published at 08.32

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