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Porto’s head coach Sergio Conceicao accused Mikel Arteta of insulting his family after Arsenal’s triumph in the UEFA Champions League, calling for FIFA and UEFA to take appropriate action…



Following Arsenal’s victory over Porto on penalties, tensions rose between the players and coaches.


Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao claimed that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had insulted his family, an accusation that Arteta has allegedly refuted. This incident occurred after the UEFA Champions League last-16 match, which saw Arsenal advance to the quarter-finals.


There were altercations between players on the field, and Conceicao also seemed to decline a handshake with Arteta and instead engaged in a verbal exchange with him.


In response to the incident, Porto manager Conceicao stated: “Arteta looked towards the bench during the match and insulted my family in Spanish. I informed him that the individual he insulted is no longer with us. He should focus on training his team, which has more than enough quality to perform much better. The outcome was unfair. The team deserved to advance.”


According to sources from Arsenal, Arteta refutes the allegations. Arteta addressed the media prior to Conceicao and chose not to comment on the interactions with his counterpart. “No comment. Thank you very much,” stated the Arsenal manager.


Arteta and Conceicao both received yellow cards during a tense match, which saw Arsenal equalize the score at 1-1 thanks to Leandro Trossard’s goal in the 41st minute. The match then proceeded to penalties, where goalkeeper David Raya emerged as the hero with two crucial saves, propelling Arsenal to the quarter-finals for the first time in 14 years.


Arteta expressed his delight, describing it as a “magical night.” He acknowledged the challenging nature of the opposition and credited them for making it difficult to gain momentum. This experience holds immense significance for Arsenal, as they had to secure victory through penalties. Arteta commended David for his unwavering determination, despite facing initial difficulties, and highlighted the rewarding outcome.


This achievement marks a significant milestone for the club, as they have been absent from this competition for seven years and haven’t progressed this far in 14 years. It exemplifies the arduous nature of the journey. However, Arsenal’s ambitions extend beyond this point, and they are determined to pursue further success.


Arteta also mentioned that this was his first experience in the Champions League and emphasized his commitment to continuous learning and seeking advice. He acknowledged the importance of having a supportive network of talented coaches and individuals around him, who contribute to his growth and development.


The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday and will be broadcasted live on TNT Sports.