Pepe punched out Alioski in the second half of Sunday’s game – which ended 0-0 – leaving referee Antony Taylor no chance but to wave a red card after a VAR exam.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was unhappy with the Ivorian signing the club’s record after the game and said his actions were “unacceptable”.
Pepe apologized on Instagram, saying: “Yesterday I let my team down at a crucial point in the game and there is no excuse for my behavior. I am deeply sorry and would like to apologize to the fans, my teammates, my coach and all other club members. ”
Sky Sports specialist Patrice Evra said he was “disappointed” by Pepe’s actions but felt that Alioski was seeking to expel the Ivorian international.
Leeds United and Arsenal have condemned the ‘vile’ abuse directed at Alioski and Pepe on social media following Sunday’s incident.
A statement from Leeds read: “The vile abuses directed at Ezgjan Alioski and Nicolas Pepe on social media after yesterday’s Premier League game with Arsenal will not be tolerated by Leeds United.
“We will work closely with police and football authorities to ensure those responsible are identified and punished. ”
Arsenal added: “We wholeheartedly condemn the vile abuses directed at Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski on social media following our game against Leeds. This is totally unacceptable and we will work with the police and authorities to do everything we can to track down and prosecute the culprits. ”
Analysis: Arsenal’s creativity crisis
Peter Smith de Sky Sports:
Mikel Arteta has a crisis of creativity in his hands at Arsenal.
It’s now been seven hours and 56 minutes since his side scored on an open play in the Premier League – and a change in formation and position change for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not solve the problem in the 0-0 draw Sunday at Leeds United.
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