Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech accused Bayer Leverkusen of lacking "professionalism and sportsmanship" after he was the subject of some social media jibes from the Bundesliga club.
Cech started for Arsenal in the 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City in their first Premier League game under new head coach Unai Emery on Sunday.
The result could have been even worse when, after receiving a back-pass from debutant Matteo Guendouzi, Cech passed the ball straight out of play for a corner, narrowly missing his own right-hand post.
Leverkusen's English Twitter account responded by posting a video of Bernd Leno – who joined Arsenal from the Bundesliga club in pre-season – beginning a passing move that ultimately led to a goal, with the caption reading: "In case you were wondering how to play out of the back".
In case you all were wondering how to play out of the back... pic.twitter.com/LZkxznsGPs— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) August 12, 2018
Cech failed to see the funny side, however, taking aim at Leverkusen in a post on Monday while also praising his current club.
Taking to his official Twitter account, the former Chelsea keeper wrote: "At Arsenal, we share important values which make us a big club, not only on the football side.
"Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it's sad to see when other clubs don't share the same values. @bayer04_en."
.@Arsenal we share important values which make us a big club not only on the football side . Fair competition, professionalism and sportsmanship are the biggest ones you teach young footballers and it’s sad to see when other clubs don’t share the same values. .@bayer04_en— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 13, 2018
After Cech's response, Leverkusen issued a swift apology in a reply to the goalkeeper's message.
"Hi Petr. It seems our joke about wanting to see Leno, our former player, in action has been taken a bit more harshly/personally than intended," Leverkusen posted on Twitter.
"It was only a bit of banter. We’re all for the values you’ve stated and wish you and your big club all the best. Nice 1v1 save on Aguero!"
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