Mikel Arteta

An arrest has been made after a racism allegation at the Leeds versus Arsenal game on Saturday.

Leeds and Elland Road will be investigated by the Premier League after some of their fans racially abused a few Arsenal players. The Gunners thrashed Marcelo Bielsa’s men 4-1, but their spectacular performances was overshadowed by the vile incident.

The referee halted the game in the 34th minute to consult with the match officials after an Arsenal player reported the abuse. An arrest was made after the racism allegation at the Leeds home ground.

As quoted by GB News, when asked if there was any racist abuse towards his players, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said, “Yes, unfortunately I can confirm that.

“It was reported to the stadium manager. The authorities will deal with that.

“The players that were sitting on the bench. One of those heard those comments. I don’t know exactly (which player) it was, that’s why they will have to be interviewed by the authorities.

“It was a single person and I don’t think that merits a full stadium to pay the price.

Leeds United fans in the stands during their game with Arsenal.
Somebody at Elland Road has been arrested for racist abuse. Source: Mike Egerton

“It was a single incident, it has to be reported. It was reported and now the authorities will have to work with the clubs to try to understand what happened.”

Say no to racism

Following the match, Leeds United issued a club statement addressing the incident, and stated that anyone indulging in racism would be banned from Elland Road for life.

“Leeds United can confirm that an investigation into claims of racism during the first half of our game with Arsenal today is under way, and that one arrest has been made in connection to the allegation,” the club statement read.

“Racism will not be tolerated at Leeds United and any supporter found to be using racist language will be subject to a life time ban for all Leeds United games.”

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