Mikel Arteta and Premier League confirm allegation of racist abuse during Leeds United's game against Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that an allegation of racist abuse was reported to the Elland Road stadium manager and match officials during the Gunners' clash with Leeds United.

By Graham Smyth
Saturday, 18th December 2021, 8:34 pm

In his post-game press conference Arteta revealed that one of his substitutes had heard the comments coming from the West Stand and the visitors then made fourth official John Brooks aware.

Referee Andre Marriner was summoned to the touchline just after the half hour mark in Leeds' 4-1 Premier League defeat to the London club to be apprised of the situation.

"Unfortunately I can confirm that," said Arteta.

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INCIDENT REPORT - Referee Andre Marriner was made aware of an allegation of racist abuse aimed at an Arsenal player during their game against Leeds United at Elland Road. Pic: Getty

"It was reported to the stadium manager and it is for the authorities. It was a player on the bench, one of those heard the comments."

The Premier League has also confirmed to the YEP that the allegation involved racist abuse.