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    Tensions flare at controversial Arsenal defeat

    Newcastle has issued a statement denouncing the racist abuse directed at Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes in the aftermath of their contentious 1-0 victory over Arsenal yesterday.

    Newcastle secured a 1-0 win, with Anthony Gordon scoring the decisive goal, but the match was marked by heated exchanges and escalating tensions on both sides.

    Bruno Guimaraes drew the ire of Arsenal and their supporters for an incident where he appeared to elbow Jorginho, while Newcastle was incensed by a tackle from Kai Havertz.

    In the aftermath of the win, both the Brazilian international and Joe Willock were subjected to racist abuse on social media. Newcastle has responded by releasing an official statement, in which they expressed their unequivocal support for the two players and their determination to hold those responsible accountable.

    “Newcastle United vehemently condemns the racist abuse directed at Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock via social media following their victory over Arsenal on Saturday,” the statement reads.

    “Our message is crystal clear: there is no place for racism in football or in society. We are providing unwavering support to Bruno and Joe and will collaborate with relevant authorities and social media platforms to identify and take action against those responsible.”

    Many football enthusiasts believe that Arsenal was unlucky to lose the match in Tyneside. Supporters, players, and manager Mikel Arteta expressed their frustration after Gordon’s winning goal was allowed to stand.

    Controversy surrounded the goal, as the ball appeared to have gone out of play in the build-up, and Arsenal players raised objections regarding Gordon’s potential offside position. The decision took VAR officials four minutes to make, leading to jubilant celebrations among the home fans.

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