Arsenal condemn AFTV after Claude’s racist comment aimed at Heung-min Son and distance themselves from YouTube channel

Arsenal have condemned a fan on controversial supporters channel AFTV after a racist slur made against Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung-min Son.

Claude Callegeri was heard saying ‘DVD’s going off’ as Son was substituted during Spurs’ 2-1 north London derby win on Sunday and received widespread criticism. DVD is a well-known racist slur against Asian people.


Claude, right, was removed from the channel on Wednesday

Callegeri has since been removed from the channel ‘indefinitely’ and apologised, but only after he and channel owner Robbie Lyle attempted to justify the remark.

The Gunners have distanced themselves from AFTV, which has more than 1million subscribers, and condemned the ‘unacceptable racist behaviour’.

“We are aware of a video on social media in which an Arsenal supporter uses a racist slur towards Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min during Sunday’s match,” they said in a statement.

“We operate a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination and we unreservedly condemn this unacceptable racist behaviour.

Heung-min Son scored against the Gunners on Sunday

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Heung-min Son scored against the Gunners on Sunday

“Our records show that the individual involved is not an Arsenal season-ticket holder and does not hold any form of ticket membership.

“The platform in question has no official association with Arsenal.”

Lyle and Callegeri had appeared in a video on Tuesday to address the issue, suggesting he meant that Spurs would release a celebratory DVD of their derby win.

Lyle later retracted his statement and stood down the outspoken Callegeri from the channel. Callegeri also apologised for his actions in a video on Twitter.

Claude was a regular on the channel


Claude was a regular on the channel

“Unfortunately, what’s happened here is a few days ago in the game against Spurs, I made a comment, my only thing was the timing was all wrong when I made the comment.

“It’s caused a lot of offence to Son and all the Spurs fans, and I want to apologise to Spurs fans and Son for that because of the offence it has caused.

“What can I do? It’s caused a lot of offence and I want to apologise because I admire Son as a player.”

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