Former Miss India and Bollywood actress Esha Gupta has tendered her apology to Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi after she was criticized for sharing racist remarks aimed at the Nigerian after the FA Cup meeting between Arsenal and Manchester United last Friday at the Emirates Stadium.
The Arsenal ambassador posted on Instagram a WhatsApp conversation with a friend who described Iwobi as a gorilla.
Here is how the conversation went:
“Solves our winger issues. I can’t see that gorilla faced Iwobi running down the flank again. He’s so bad ya,” wrote Varun_Gupta17.
Gupta in reply said: “Hahahahahaha I honestly dunno why they don’t bench him more.”
Varun_Gupta17 then added: “It’s like evolution stopped for him. Didn’t change from Neanderthal to man.”
Esha had to issue an apology to the Nigeria international and her close to four million followers on Twitter and Instagram.
In her apology, she stated: “Guys I’m sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Wallah never meant it. Sorry guys forgive the stupidity.
“Well it was my fault. So gotta own up to my s***… sorry. It was us discussing our frustration during the game. Sorry as I didn’t realise it was directed towards racism.
“Laughed over spur of the moment, which was the games result guys. Been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something I’m proud of. It was a fault, sorry guys.”
The actress is one of Arsenal’s Bollywood celebrity fans.
By Chineze Ogugua