Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has finally come out to apologize to his club’s fans after publicly telling them to ‘f*** off’ during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier league
Xhaka reacted angrily after his substitution during the match. When he was greeted by boos and sarcastic cheers by the fans, he threw his arms up in the air and cupped his ears as the boos grew louder. He then mouthed ‘f**k off* at the fans before removing his shirt and storming down the tunnel.
Club manager, Unai Emery told Xhaka to apologize immediately, but the Swiss midfielder waited for four days before releasing a statement alleging he and his family have received death threats and that’s why he reacted angrily to the boos.
In a statement, Xhaka wrote:
‘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.
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 the 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.’