Arsenal Captain Granit Xhaka on Thursday evening issued an apology to Arsenal fans for his actions during Arsenals 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Swiss midfielder yelled obscene words at the Emirates Stadium fans when he was substituted for Bukayo Saka.

It had been earlier reported that the midfielder had refuted Unai Emery’s suggestions to issue an apology. The skipper cited previous abuse from the fans directed to his family, inducing his wife and newborn daughter as the main trigger to his ill behavior.

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The scenes that took place around my substitution have moved me deeply. I love this club and always give 100% on and off the pitch.

My feeling of not being understood by fans and repeated abusive comments at matches and in social media over the last weeks and months have hurt me deeply.

People have said things like “We will break your legs”, “Kill your wife” and “Wish that your daughter gets cancer”. The statement read in parts.

He, however, promised to work hard and maintain the respect plus support of the fans in the near future.

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In this situation, I let myself be carried away and reacted in a way that disrespected the group of fans that support our club, our team and myself with positive energy. That has not been my intention and I’m sorry if that’s what people thought.

My wish is that we get back to a place of mutual respect, remembering why we fell in love with this game in the first place.

Let’s move forward positively together.

Below are some of the reactions from the Xhaka apology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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