Arsenal report an allegation of racial abuse directed towards their substitutions at Leeds


Arsenal report an allegation of racial abuse directed towards their substitutes during their Premier League victory at Leeds… as Mikel Arteta claims ‘a single person’ was responsible for the incident











Arsenal accused a Leeds supporter of racially abusing one of their players during Saturday night’s 4-1 win at Elland Road.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta confirmed that the club had reported the incident, with the FA and West Yorkshire Police now set to investigate.

‘Unfortunately, I can confirm that it was reported to the stadium manager, and the authorities will deal with it,’ said Arteta.

Arsenal have accused a Leeds fan of racial abuse during their win at Elland Road on Saturday

Referee Andre Marriner (L) was involved in talks after the alleged incident during the first half

Referee Andre Marriner (L) was involved in talks after the alleged incident during the first half

‘One of the players sat on the bench heard these comments. I don’t know exactly who it was at. That’s why they will be interviewed and it will be dealt with by the authorities.

‘I am very disappointed because we have done so much in football to try to avoid it.’

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During a fiery first half, Arsenal substitute Rob Holding was seen speaking to fourth official John Brooks about the apparent racist language directed towards their bench from a fan in the West Stand.

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, claimed at full-time that a 'single person' was responsible

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, claimed at full-time that a ‘single person’ was responsible

Referee Andre Marriner then came over to the dugout and spoke to Leeds coaches about the claim.  

At full-time, police went down to the pitch to speak to Emile Smith Rowe, who was on the Arsenal bench during the first half, and other members of the visiting staff.

Arteta added: ‘It is a single person. I don’t think that merits that a full stadium pays the price.

‘It was a single incident and it has to be reported. It was reported and now the authorities will have to work with the clubs to understand what happened.’

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