A Leeds fan has been arrested over allegations of racist abuse of Arsenal’s seats during the first half of Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat in the Premier League.
Just half an hour later, Arsenal Submariners summoned the fourth official and the Premier League confirmed allegations of racist abuse reported by visitors, which are now being investigated.
West Yorkshire Police have also opened their own investigation into the events after an arrest was made in connection with the complaint.
A Leeds statement read: “Leeds United can confirm that the investigation into allegations of racism during the first half of our match with Arsenal today is ongoing and that one person has been arrested in connection with the allegation.
“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.”
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said: Sky Sports After winning 4-1, a member of the crowd was allegedly a racist.
“This has been reported and the stadium manager will have to deal with that with the authorities,” he said.
“Very frustrating because we’ve done so much in football to try to avoid that, but he’s one person. I don’t think it’s worth a stadium full of price to pay.
“It was one incident and it had to be reported. It was reported, and now the authorities will have to work with the clubs to understand what happened.”
Arsenal beat Leeds 4-1 thanks to a Gabriel Martinelli double, cementing their place in the top four.
Bukayo Saka and substitute Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal’s other goals to score their third consecutive win – and their first away from home since October 30.
It was the only Premier League game on Saturday due to a spike in coronavirus cases across the league, with Burnley’s trip to Aston Villa postponed two hours before kick-off.
Arsenal are fourth with four points, but rivals Tottenham, Manchester United and West Ham all have games in hand for Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Leeds have scored just one win in their last eight games and find themselves within five points of the relegation zone, having played at least two games more than Newcastle and Burnley behind them.
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