Laurent Koscielny ended his taking part in profession at 36, hanging up his boots amid accusations of racism from Bordeaux ultras – which he firmly denies.
The previous Arsenal captain has been a free agent for 2 months after leaving Bordeaux in January and launched an announcement saying the racism allegations left him “shocked”.
In a profession that spanned virtually 18 years, Koscielny’s remaining ended on a barely bitter observe and was dropped from the squad in the direction of the tip of his spell at Bordeaux.
The perfect a part of his profession has been on the Emirates Stadium the place he made 353 appearances over 9 seasons.
He additionally helped the membership win three FA Cups and as many Neighborhood Shields.
His departure from Arsenal additionally ended on a tragic observe after he refused to hitch the membership on a pre-season tour of the US.
Now he’s refuting the claims after French publication Sud Ouest reported that he and team-mate Benoit Costil have been accused by membership ultras UB87 of lack of management and “scandalous, generally racist” behaviour.
An announcement learn: “Following the article printed within the newspaper Sud Ouest on March 22, 2022 entitled ‘Girondins de Bordeaux. Costil and Koscielny, accusations of racism that shake’, Laurent Koscielny was shocked, shocked but in addition saddened by the remarks made by one of many representatives of the Ultramarines 87 Group in opposition to him, which the press is now echoing.
“With none ambiguity, he strongly contests these accusations which have significantly [damage] him and which have repercussions on his household and people round him.
“On this regard, Laurent Koscielny stresses that the investigative work of the Sud Ouest newspaper, which known as on greater than thirty individuals [according to the journalist’s statements] who formally denied the alleged racist habits of Laurent Koscielny.
As a reminder, if Laurent Koscielny has not been a part of the membership’s skilled workers because the finish of January 2022, he remembers that he’s nonetheless an worker of the Girondins de Bordeaux.
“On this level, Laurent Koscielny intends to specify that he has determined to hold up his [boots] when he would have most popular to assist the membership on the [pitch].
“Conscious that the membership was in issue, he accepted the proposal made to occupy a brand new [role] and launch [his] wage [as] proof of the priority he has for the most effective pursuits of the membership.
“As such, he wish to thank the membership for the mark of confidence proven in him by entrusting him with this place.
“This mission is the extension of a profession that has solid the respect of all his companions, coaches and workers with whom he rubbed shoulders each on the membership and within the France crew.
“Laurent Koscielny additionally shares the membership’s place, which remembers in its press launch that “no doc aimed toward supporting these allegations has been dropped at the eye of the Membership, which intends in precept to train the best warning”.
Koscielny left Arsenal below a cloud in 2019 after refusing to journey with the remainder of the squad for the membership’s pre-season tour of the US, with a purpose to power a transfer to France.
Arsenal mentioned in an announcement on the time that they have been “very disillusioned” with the previous captain’s habits after “going in opposition to our clear directions”.
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