Arsenal midfielder, Granit Xhaka, 24, is at the centre of a racial abuse probe after it is alleged he called a member of British Airways staff a “f*****g white b***h”. He was interviewed under caution on Monday night.
Xhaka, is a Swiss international and has an appalling disciplinary record. It is believed that the player will sit down for serious talks over his conduct with manager Arsene Wenger over this issue.
Xhaka is believed to have been at Heathrow Terminal 5 when he saw a friend off from the airport. His friend Leonard Lekaj, 26, plays for German six division side, FC Monchengladback and it is believed he is related to Xhaka’s fiancée Leonita Lekaj.
Late for Flight
It is reported that Mr Lekaj was late for his flight and was stopped from boarding it. At this point, Xhaka became angry and shouted a stream of abuse at airline staff.
The accusation has been backed up by more than one British Airways staff. Xhaka is denying that he made the comment.
Police officers were called to the scene and witness statements were taken.
A spokesman for the police said, “Police were called at 19:29hrs on Monday, 23 January following an allegation that a member of staff had been racially abused at Heathrow Airport, Terminal Five.
“The allegation was made by a third party. Officers attended and spoke with a man in his 20s. He was not arrested. He voluntarily attended a west London police station where he was interviewed under caution. Enquiries continue.”
A spokesman for the airline declined to comment.
Xhaka is of Albanian descent but grew up in Switzerland has had a poor disciplinary record while playing for Arsenal in the English Premiership.
He was dismissed during his last international appearance and was sent off last Sunday for a two-footed tackle. This was his second red card in 20 appearances.
Xhaka may face racial abuse charges as a result of the police investigation.