Arsenal condemns Valencia fans Nazi salutes gesture.
A video emerged of the latest high profile incident of racism at domestic and international football this season and it was one of the encounters between Arsenal and Valencia in their Europa League semi-finals first leg tie.
A group of Valencia fans were caught on camera making Nazi salutes and monkey gestures at Thursday’s Europa League semi-final at Emirates Stadium.
With Anti-discrimination charity saying “these blatant racist gestures are shocking and inexcusable”
Reports however suggested no arrest have been made for the incident, but the Metropolitan Police said they “are aware” of the video and although no reports have been made, the footage is being reviewed.
And Arsenal through their spoke-person said they utterly condemn such act as it contradicts ethics of Football;
“We utterly condemn such behaviour,”
“It has no place in society or football. We are working with Valencia on this and continue to encourage fans to report incidents and to provide witness statements so effective action can be taken.”
Police had earlier arrested Six Valencia fans during the game for foul and abusive language and alcohol-related issues.
An offense condemned by Valencia’s president Anil Murthy who said the club would “get rid” of any fans found responsible.
“There is no place in football for racism or violence,” he tweeted on Friday.
An earlier club statement said the “isolated gestures” by travelling fans “do not represent in any way Valencia fans”.
The club also said that although the actions were “absolutely unjustifiable”, they would be investigating to see if there were any “possible provocations”.
“We hope the relevant authorities identify the perpetrators and take the strongest possible punishment.”