Nicolas Pepe has said he is “deeply sorry” for incurring a red card during Arsenal’s Premier League game at Leeds United on Sunday which ended in a goalless draw.
Pepe headbutted Alioski in the second half, leaving referee Antony Taylor no chance but to brandish a red card following a VAR review.
Pepe apologised on Instagram, saying: “Yesterday I have let my team down at a crucial time of the game and there is no excuses for my behaviour. I am deeply sorry and would like to apologise to the fans, my team-mates, my coach and everyone else at the club.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has already condemned Pepe’s actions at the game, saying it was totally unacceptable.
Arsenal also added: “We utterly condemn the vile abuse directed at Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski on social media following our match against Leeds. This is completely unacceptable and we will be working with the police and authorities to do everything we can to trace and prosecute the culprits.”
Meanwhile, Leeds United have also released their statement: “The vile abuse directed at Ezgjan Alioski and Nicolas Pepe on social media after yesterday’s Premier League game with Arsenal will not be tolerated by Leeds United.
“We will work closely with the police and the footballing authorities to ensure those responsible are identified and punished.”