The Ainsley Maitland-Niles of arsenal asserts he had been the target of racial abuse whilst playing the Gunners youth group.

His comments are as police research allegations Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was abused at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“It hurts to talk about it however it is so important to get rid of it from the match,” explained Maitland-Niles, 21.

Social media users published a video of an incident during the first half of Chelsea’s 2-0 success over City, during which Sterling was cried in as he collected the ball from behind the goal.

“I suppose it’s disgusting,” explained Maitland-Niles. “I really do credit Raheem for developing and standing up for himself along with other players and speaking about any of this.

“Raheem is just really a brave lad to do this and that I only hope that more people put their ear towards him and have some sympathy for him personally because it’s not the very first time it’s happened and we simply want it to be the past .”

Speaking about his own experience, the England Under-21 international said it’d been”similar” to the Sterling incident and that he had been abused as he moved along to select the ball up for a throw in.

“What do I do? I only got on with the match, because he did,” explained Maitland-Niles. “To me personally, responding to this really is scoring a wish to place their team down. I only thought they were doing this because I had been using a good match.

“I figure that is one means of these sort of trying to knock me off my game and then also make me feel uneasy about myself.”

He added:”At the moment I only spoke to my father about this and he did kind of give me the heads up and showed me quite a couple reasons for racism before my time, when I had been playing football, just as there still is in the match today.

“I think we only really must place our heads to it and get out it as soon as possible.”

‘I trust players’ – Emery

Meanwhile, the Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he”hopes” his players afterwards pictures emerged allegedly showing four members of their very first team inhaling nitric oxide.

The team said last Friday the players could be”spoken to reminded of their responsibilities”.

Speaking before Thursday’s Europa League match against Qarabag, Emery said:”For me personally the most crucial thing isn’t to reduce our focus. I hope my players, I hope their behavior .”


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