Bollywood actress and Arsenal ambassador Esha Gupta has apologised after a racist comment about Nigerian footballer Alex Iwobi.
Fans reacted as a snapshot of a WhatsApp conversation that Esha shared on her Instagram stories compared Iwobi to a gorilla.
The 33-year-old shared the screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation to her Instagram profile, which has 3.4 million followers.
“Solves our winger issues. I can’t see that gorilla faced Iwobi runningdown the flank again.
“He’s so bad ya,” read the screenshot of her WhatsApp conversation with a friend.
To which, Esha replied, “Haha… I don’t know why they don’t bench him more.”
And this did not go too well with Arsenal fans who slammed the actress for her “ignorance” and called her out for being “racist” despite having claimed she herself has been a victim in the past.
On Twitter, Esha has now apologised and claimed she did not realise it was racist.
“Guys I am sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being asports lover. Sorry guys, forgive the stupidity. It was us discussing our frustration during the game. Sorry as I didn’t realise it was directed towards racism. Laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the game’s result guys. Been a victim of racism myself before. But this is not something I am proud of. It was a fault, sorry guys,” Esha wrote.