Arsenal and Leeds have released statements condemning the abuse directed at Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski on social media after the pair clashed in yesterday’s 0-0 draw between Arsenal and Leeds United.
The Ivorian received a straight red card from referee Anthony Taylor early in the second half for using his head in a clash with North Macedonia international. It was a moment of rash stupidity that drew the ire of manager Mikel Arteta who later labelled his behaviour ‘unacceptable’.
While many Arsenal fans mirrored the boss’ frustration on social media, a small minority targeted both players and their families with disgusting racist and threatening abuse.
Those responsible are now, quite rightly, facing police action.
In a statement, Arsenal said: “We utterly condemn the vile abuse directed at Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski on social media following our match against Leeds United. This is completely unacceptable and we will be working with the police and authorities to do everything we can to trace and prosecute the culprits.”
Leeds added: “The vile abuse directed at Ezgjan Alioski and Nicolas Pepe on social media after yesterday’s Premier League game with Arsenal will not be tolerated by Leeds United.
“We will work closely with the police and the footballing authorities to ensure those responsible are identified and punished.”