Arsenal captain, Granit Xhaka, has finally apologized for telling fans to ‘f***k off’ during the match against Crystal Palace which ended in 2-2 draw.
Xhaka was substituted and as he left the pitch, fans booed and jeered at him. He threw his hands up, cupped his ears and mouthed ‘f***k off’ to the fans before removing his shirt and storming down the tunnel.
Coach, Unai Emery asked him to apologize but it has taken the Swiss midfielder four days to do so.
“After taking some time to reflect on what happened on Sunday afternoon, I would like to give you an explanation rather than just a quick response. 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.” Xhaka said in a statement.
“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”. That has stirred me up and I reached boiling point when I felt the rejection in the stadium on Sunday.
“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.”