Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fined for social media post

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined $10,000, around £4,400, for a social media post while on international duty last month.

Aubameyang was furious after he and his Gabon teammates were stuck at an airport in Gambia as officials argued over Covid-19 testing.

The 31-year-old posted pictures of players sleeping on the airport floor, writing: "Nice job CAF, it's as if we were back in the 1990s."

He later added: "This will not demotivate us but people need to know and CAF need to take responsibility. [It is] 2020 and we want Africa to grow but this is not how we will get there."

CAF's disciplinary committee labelled the content "offensive and degrading". Gambia's FA were fined $100,000, around £44,000, half of which has been suspended for two years.

The Gambian federation "did not comply to the loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship values and rules of fair play concerning the reception of the Gabonese delegation", according to CAF.

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Gabon's players arrived in Gambia shortly before midnight and were allowed to leave the airport to go to their hotel around five hours later.

They lost to Gambia 2-1 later the day, and Aubameyang posted a picture on Instagram and tagged CAF's account alongside a middle finger emoji following the game.

"No words needed proud of the Panthers, even if we lost today," he wrote.

Aubameyang has struggled for form in front of goal for Arsenal this season, managing just two Premier League goals in 11 appearances so far.

The Gunners lost to bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday and are languishing in 15th place in the top flight.

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