The Swiss midfielder and Arsenal captain was booed by his own fans while he walked off the pitch at Emirates Stadium, prompting him to cup his ear before removing his jersey and storming down the tunnel for an early shower.
Last night, Xhaka put out an emotional statement, in which he said he had been “hurt deeply” by comments on social media and at matches recently.
Whilst Arsenal manager Unai Emery urged Xhaka to apologise to the fans for his reaction, Xhaka instead said he was sorry if people had thought he was being disrespectful.
Read the statement below
“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.
“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.”
The bnoo’ing from the fans did not come as a complete surprise to many as fans have made their feelings about Xhaka known before and just recently were outraged when he was apointed club captain.
Emery has refused to confirm whether Xhaka will remain hios captain after the incident.
By Accelerate Sports
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