Arsenal have condemned the use of racist language, apparently from a Arsenal fan, which has been circulating on social media this morning.
The person in question uses the unpleasant epithet towards Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in a video he’s filming from inside the Emirates Stadium. It’s not directed in such a way that the Senegal international can hear it, but that it was considered appropriate for publication online means recriminations will follow.
It is just one idiot, but the club have rightly and immediately made it clear that they will enforce a zero tolerance approach to any kind of racism.
In a statement to Sky News they say:
“We utterly condemn use of this type of racist language and have launched an investigation to identify the culprit.
“We operate a zero tolerance approach, and anyone behaving like this is not welcome at Arsenal and will be banned from matches.
“We have an extremely diverse community of fans who are all part of the Arsenal family and such incidents are rare at Emirates Stadium.
“We encourage supporters to report any incidents as they happen to stewards or via our matchday alert service.”
Let’s be very clear about this: Under no circumstances should any kind of discriminatory behaviour be tolerated inside or outside football grounds, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that when it does occur, those responsible are taken to task.