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Actress slammed over racist messages about Arsenal's Iwobi

RACIST MESSAGES: Alex Iwobi, left, was compared to a gorilla in the exchange Esha Gupta shared on social media

ARSENAL FANS are calling on the club to distance itself from Bollywood actress Esha Gupta after she shared racist messages about Alex Iwobi on her social media account.

Gupta, a former Miss India, uploaded a screenshot of a conversation she had in which the other participant compared Iwobi to a gorilla.

A screenshot of the exchange showed Gupta laughing in response to a message from someone known only as Varun_Gupta17 which read: "Solves our winger issues. I can't see that gorilla faced Iwobi running down the flank again. He's so bad ya."

"Hahahahahaha I honestly dunno why they don't bench him more,” the 33-year-old replied.

Varun_Gupta17 then went on to say: “It's like evolution stopped for him. Didn't change from Neanderthal to man."

To which Gupta again responded by expressing that she found the comments funny.

After Arsenal fans criticised her for the conversation and her part in it, Gupta said she was sorry people thought it was racist.

“Guys m [sic] 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 added: “It was us discussing our frustration during the game. Sorry as I din [sic] realise it directed towards racism. Laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the games result guys. Been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something m [sic] proud of. It was a fault, sorry guys.”

Gupta, who describes herself as a fan of Arsenal and has previously helped in the promotion of the club kit, ended one of her tweets with the hashtag “Gooner for life” but fans have expressed their desire for her the club to distance itself from her.

One commenter wrote: “On a footballing note, Iwobi was one of our best players,after he came off we didn't create any serious chances anymore. Getting frustrated [with] his lack of end product is understandable but stooping that low and abusing him is disgusting, football isn't the game for you or your friend.”

Another took aim at Gupta’s attempt at an apology.

“Your response is embarrassing! You state on one hand you’ve suffered racism yet on the other have no idea that you’ve made a racial slur! Your ignorance and arrogance of this whole situation is beyond words! Please remove gooner from your profile! Your not part of our club/family.”

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