Bollywood star, Edgar Gupta raised a furore on social media after sharing a post laced with racist remarks at Nigerian international footballer, Alex Iwobi on Instagram, describing the Nigerian as a ‘gorilla’.
The Indian actress is a well-known Arsenal fan and has been spotted at the Emirates Stadium watching games in the past. She was also reported to have previously been dating Hector Bellerin and helped the club launch a kit
In a WhatsApp conversation that Esha shared on her Instagram stories shows Iwobi being heavily criticized for his performance and has made waves all over social media.
The image showed messages exchanged between herself and Varun_Gupta17, with one of the messages reading:
‘Solves our winger issues. I can’t see that gorilla faced Iwobi running down the flank again. He’s so bad ya.’
She replied: ‘Hahahahahaha I honestly dunno why they don’t bench him more.’
Varun_Gupta17 added: ‘It’s like evolution stopped for him. Didn’t change from Neanderthal to man.’
Gupta quickly deleted the screenshot from her Instagram account but eagle-eyed fans had quickly managed to screenshot before it was taken off the site.
After coming under fire on social media for the post she issued an apology and insisted there was no racial intention behind it.
Gupta wrote: ‘Guys I’m sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Wallah never meant it. Sorry guys forgive the stupidity.
‘Well it was my fault. So gotta own up to my s***… sorry. It was us discussing our frustration during the game. Sorry as I didn’t realise it was directed towards racism.
‘Laughed over spur of the moment, which was the games result guys. Been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something I’m proud of. It was a fault, sorry guys.