Mikel Arteta responds as Porto boss accuses Arsenal manager of insulting his family


Mikel Arteta has strongly denied claims that he insulted the family of Porto boss Sergio Conceicao during Tuesday's tense Champions League encounter, which Arsenal won on penalties. Leandro Trossard scored the only goal of the game to level the tie on aggregate before the Gunners edged a penalty shoot-out to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya made two saves to help Arsenal through, with the north Londoners set to discover their next opponents when the draw takes place on Friday. The result saw Arsenal end their 14-year wait to reach the Champions League quarter-finals in their first season back in the competition since 2016-17.

The two managers clashed on the pitch as the hosts celebrated their dramatic victory before Conceicao accused Arteta of throwing insults about his family. Speaking in his post-match press conference, the Porto boss said: "Arteta turned to the bench during the game and insulted my family in Spanish.

"I told him that the person he insulted is no longer among us. Let him worry about training his team, which has more than enough quality to play a lot better. The result was unjust. The team deserved to go through."

Arteta refused to comment on those claims in his own press conference but, according to The Independent, he strongly denies that he insulted Conceicao's family at any point. When asked to explain what happened, he simply said: "No comment, thank you so much."

Conceicao has a history of clashing with opposing managers, having accused Pep Guardiola of having an 'extremely unpleasant attitude' following a Champions League game against Manchester City in 2020. He also claimed that Guardiola 'spoke about our country using ugly words' and said that he 'pressures referees, talks to opposition players and the opposition dugout'.

In 2021, the Porto boss accused Thomas Tuchel of insulting him during a Champions League quarter-final between his side and Chelsea. Those claims were swiftly rejected by Tuchel and the Blues. Speaking at the time, Conceicao said: "I was insulted by this man who is next door. I told the referee that the fourth referee heard the insults.

"My English is not perfect, there is no point in talking about it. There was no exchange of words because I was focused on the game. I don't know why he reacted but I didn't understand it very well. I heard some insults, but it's gone. It's not pretty and my irritation in the end had to do with it. I didn't even speak to him."

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