Arsenal have strongly condemned the actions of a 21-year-old man who was arrested for shining a laser in the face of Chelsea winger Mykhailo Mudryk during their match on Tuesday.
The incident took place at the Emirates Stadium during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed that the man is in custody following the incident, and Arsenal have pledged to support the police in their investigation.
The green laser was visible on Mudryk’s face after he came on as a substitute in the 71st minute of the game. The Ukrainian international later took to Instagram to assure his fans that he was okay.
The actions of the individual responsible for the laser incident have been described as “dangerous and totally unacceptable” by Arsenal.
The club has also promised to take the “strongest possible action” against the perpetrator.
This kind of behaviour is not only dangerous but also illegal. The use of lasers to distract or harm players has been a recurring problem in football, and it is important for clubs and law enforcement to take a strong stance against it. Not only does it endanger players’ safety, but it also undermines the integrity of the game.
Mudryk’s transfer to Chelsea in January was a significant move for the player, but he has yet to score for the club in 14 appearances.