The captain, Patrick Berg used the Bodo/Glimt press conference with coach Kjetil Knutsen, and others to criticise some of their own fans before the Europa League match with PSV.
Kjetil Knutsen and Patrick Berg stood for their teammate
Brice Wembangomo’s treatment on social media has angered Knutsen and Berg. Due to an injury, the defender who will miss Sunday’s game against PSV led Rosenborg BK’s winning goal (3-2) with a ball lost. How can Knutsen assist a player in mentally bouncing back after such an error? He then made reference to the fans’ actions.
Knutsen claimed that some of the supporters had been at Wembangomo for a while, though he did not specify which insults were spoken. According to trainer Knutsen, “He experiences rude behaviour and bullying online, and it comes in on his phone.” “That’s pretty depressing. That is unacceptable to us. We have to support him. Sincerely, I had hoped for more from the Glimt supporters. They seemed friendlier to me. This has been taking place for a while.
Although Knutsen referred to himself as a “illiterate” in the area of social media, he did offer football players some advice: “My counsel is not to sit on it. It simply detracts. Whether we succeed or fail at Glimt, we stick together. It’s incredibly unfair what’s happening to him. I hope it becomes obvious that we need to defend one another.”
“Everyone is free to criticise players and teams,” Captain Berg said. “That’s a component. Discussions and opinions are acceptable. If someone disagrees with something, they can hear from them. But like Kjetil, I believe the time has come when we must speak out. This is not what we want to see from our own fans. It is up to the other supporters what they do.”
“We are embarking on a fascinating journey,” Knutsen added. “This group has taught us a lot. For us and our progress, having something to look forward to in 2023 is crucial.”