LONDON – Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has apologised after being despatched off for headbutting Leeds United defender Ezgjan Alioski in Sunday’s goalless draw within the Premier League.
Pepe was red carded within the 51st minute after VAR officers noticed the incident.
“I let my team down at a crucial time of the game and there are no excuses for my behaviour,” the 25-year-old Ivory Coast worldwide wrote on Instagram.
“I am deeply sorry and would like to apologise to the fans, my team mates, my coach and everyone else at the club.”
Pepe and Alioski have been subjected to racial abuse on social media after the sport, and Arsenal and Leeds stated they’d work with authorities to hint these accountable.
Pepe will miss Arsenal’s subsequent three Premier League matches however might characteristic in Thursday’s Europa League recreation at Molde.