Ally McCoist slams Matteo Guendouzi after claims Arsenal midfielder taunted Brighton players with money jibes

Guendouzi was aggrieved with Maupay's challenge on Leno
Guendouzi grabbed Maupay by the neck after the game (Picture: Getty Images)

Ally McCoist has branded Matteo Guendouzi ‘absolutely embarrassing’ after the Arsenal midfielder reportedly taunted Brighton players over how much money they earn during their 2-1 defeat to the Seagulls on Saturday.

The game was marred by controversy, with Neal Maupay’s collision with Bernd Leno resulting in the stopper severely injuring his knee, while Guendouzi grabbed the striker by the neck after the full-time whistle.

And according to the Daily Mail, during the match, the Frenchman told Brighton players that they were ‘s**t’ and he earns more than ‘they ever will’.

The £40,000-a-week midfielder managed to escape a ban for his altercation with Maupay, but former Rangers striker McCoist believes Guendouzi was lucky to avoid a suspension and his reported remarks to the opposition were shameful.

‘I’ve probably been involved in more banter with teammates and opposition than most and I can honestly tell you, never, ever, ever do I recall any conversations about finance,’ McCoist told talkSPORT.

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Arsenal lost Leno to a horrific knee injury (Picture: Getty Images)

‘That’s just absolute nonsense, it’s absolute rubbish, it’s poor, it’s embarrassing, I think that’s absolutely embarrassing.

‘You know what it’s like in sport, heat of the moment, you say things and argue with each other and you know call each other whatever it may be, but at the end of the day, nothing like that, I find that absolutely embarrassing if that’s the case.

‘I think he’s very, very fortunate not to have the authorities actually on his case for what he did.

‘I know in the grand scheme of things it wasn’t a massive offence, but as soon as you lift your hands and touch an opposition player, you’re in trouble and you run the risk of getting a red card or action taken against you.

‘I think he’s very, very fortunate.’

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