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Arsenal star quizzed by police after being accused of racially abusing airline staff

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Granit Xhaka has been questioned by police after allegedly racially abusing a member of staff at Heathrow Airport on Monday night.

It is believed the Arsenal star was seeing off a friend at Terminal 5, who was refused entry to the flight to Germany.

Xhaka allegedly hurled racist abuse at a member of staff in German, and police were called.

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The Swiss star trained with Arsenal on Tuesday morning and boss manager Arsene Wenger is due to speak to the player about the incident and his discipline on the field. 

A Metropolitan Police statement read: “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 Enquires continue.”

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Arsenal have declined to comment.

Xhaka, a £32.5million summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach, saw red for the second time this season for an ugly lunge on Burnley's Steven Defour. 

Mirror Sport understands Wenger is furious with Xhaka and the 24-year-old has been warned already about his discipline or lack thereof.

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"He has to control his game, and not punish the team with his lack of control and his tackling," Wenger said on Sunday.

"We don't encourage our midfielders to go down in tackles, we want them to stand up and not make these kind of fouls."

And Wenger will haul now Xhaka in this week for a dressing down about his behaviour.

The Swiss international was sent off for a second yellow card against Swansea back in October and this latest example of ill-discipline could now see him hit with a four-game ban.


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