Bollywood actress Esha Gupta received backlash on social media after she referred to Arsenal star Alex Iwobi as a “gorilla”.
Gupta leaked the screenshots of her conversation with a friend, where she referred to Alex as “gorilla-faced” after the recent game between Arsenal and Manchester United, in which United defeated Arsenal.
“Solves our winger issues. I can’t see that gorilla-faced Iwobi running down the flank again. He’s so bad ya,” she said.
“It’s like evolution stopped for him. [He] didn’t change from Neanderthal to man,” she added.
She quickly deleted the screenshot from her Instagram, but her fans had already screenshot it before it disappeared.
This statement was not taken lightly as people slammed her for being racist.
Esha Gupta is a well known Arsenal fan; and a regular visitor to the Emirates Stadium.
She is rumoured to have dated Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi’s teammate and was involved in the Club’s Kit Launch in 2017.
“Guys, I am sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Wallah never meant it. Sorry guys forgive the stupidity,” she later said on Twitter after the backlash.
“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.”