Newcastle Football Club has issued a statement strongly denouncing the racial abuse directed at some of its players in the wake of their recent victory over Arsenal. The Premier League match had been marred by controversy, particularly due to the contentious decision not to disallow Anthony Gordon’s goal, despite multiple VAR checks.
In that game, Eddie Howe’s team ultimately triumphed, putting an end to Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the season, which triggered an impassioned outburst from Mikel Arteta during his post-match press conference. Regrettably, both Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes found themselves subjected to abusive comments on social media from some fans after the match.
In response to this disturbing development, Joe Willock has urged the relevant authorities to identify and hold those responsible for the racial abuse accountable.
The official statement on Newcastle’s club website emphatically states, “Newcastle United strongly condemns racist abuse directed at Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock via social media following Saturday’s victory over Arsenal. Our message is unequivocal: there is no place for racism in football or in society.”
The club is actively providing support to both Bruno and Joe and is committed to collaborating with the appropriate authorities and social media platforms to uncover the individuals responsible for these reprehensible actions.
Joe Willock, who came on as a substitute during the second half, was seen participating in the post-match celebrations against his former club. Meanwhile, Bruno Guimaraes was involved in several on-field incidents during the game, including a challenge on Jorginho that went unnoticed by the referee.
The Premier League, which operates the ‘No Room for Racism’ campaign, has pledged to work in conjunction with Newcastle to identify and bring the wrongdoers to justice.