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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sorry over 'suicidal' comments

By Ivan Little

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised to the brother of a Belfast man who took his own life six years ago for using the word 'suicidal' to describe his team's performance.

Roy Scott (44) protested to the London club after the Frenchman told the media that his side's defending in a shock 3-1 defeat to Monaco had been "suicidal".

Mr Scott, whose younger brother Greg committed suicide in August 2008, said the manager's language had been insensitive and heartless.

Mr Scott, who recently lost a second cousin and one of his friends to suicide, contacted Arsenal explaining why their manager's comments were hurtful to him and other relatives.

He told the Emirates club he accepted Wenger's remarks in post-match interviews weren't made with malice but he urged officials to take action against such comments. Mr Scott is involved with the Survivors of Suicide organisation in east Belfast.

In an email, Arsenal's communications director Mark Gonnella told Mr Scott that Wenger "was upset to hear about the impact his language had and sends his apologies".

Mr Gonnella said Arsenal already did a lot of work with groups supporting people with mental health difficulties.

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