Police have arrested a Leeds fan following allegations of racist abuse directed at Arsenal substitutes Nuno Tavares and Nicolas Pepe during the first half of the visitors’ win at Elland Road.
Police have arrested a Leeds fan following accusations of racist abuse against Arsenal players at Island Road.
Arsenal reported the incident during the first half of their 4-1 Premier League win on Saturday night, with substitutes Nicolas Pepe and Nuno Tavares allegedly mocking.
Leeds said in a statement: ‘Leeds United can confirm that an investigation into allegations of racism during the first half of our game with Arsenal has taken place, and that one person has been arrested in connection with the allegation.
Police have arrested a Leeds fan after accusations of racist abuse at Arsenal match
The alleged taunt is understood to have been aimed at Nicholas Pepe (left) and Nuno Tavares (right).
Racism will not be tolerated at Leeds United and any fan found to be using racist language will be subject to a life ban for all Leeds United matches.
Half an hour into last night’s clash, Arsenal’s Rob Holding was seen speaking to fourth official John Brooks about the apparent racist language from a fan at the West Stand. Then referee Andre Mariner came to the bunker and spoke to the Leeds coaches about the claim.
Full time, police took to the field to speak with Emile Smith Rowe, who was off the Arsenal bench during the first half, and other members of the visiting crew.
Referee Andre Marriner (left) participated in talks after the alleged incident during the first half
Police also spoke to Emil Smith Rowe (right) who was on the bench in the first half full time
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said: ‘Unfortunately, I can confirm that this has been reported to the stadium director and the authorities will deal with it. One of the players sitting on the bench heard these comments.
“I am very disappointed that we have done so much in football to try to avoid that. But he is one person. I don’t think that is worth a full stadium paying the price.
This has been reported and now the authorities will have to work with the clubs to understand what happened.
Leeds chairman Marcelo Bielsa added: “I am against all acts of discrimination.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has claimed all along that ‘one person’ is to blame