Tuesday 20 March 2018

Arsenal player's mother takes photo at Arsenal following 'confrontation'

The mother of Arsenal footballer Ainsley Maitland-Niles
The mother of Arsenal footballer Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Sam Wallace

The mother of Arsenal footballer Ainsley Maitland-Niles, banned by the club after a confrontation with a member of the club’s staff, has taken a picture of herself at the training ground today to prove that she has not been completely shut out.

Jule Niles is photographed in the media car park (above) at the London Colney training ground holding a copy of the Daily Mirror newspaper from today. The club have accepted that she is allowed to drop off her 17-year-old son and pick him up to take him back to the home that he shares with her in Watford.

However, the club have told her that she is not permitted to watch games at London Colney where Maitland-Niles, who has already made his debut for the senior team, trains and also plays some fixtures for the Under-21s. The next home game for Arsenal Under-21s is against Brighton on Monday at Boreham Wood FC’s Meadow Park ground.

Niles was involved in two incidents, the first on 20 March when it is alleged that a confrontation took place with two individuals, one of whom was the club’s chief transfer negotiator Dick Law. She was there to take part in discussions over her son’s contract. The police were called to the training ground and arrested Nile on suspicion of assault but no charges were brought.

On the second occasion she attended the Arsenal under-21 game against Aston Villa last Friday where she was alleged to have shouted at coaching staff and threatened to withdraw her son. Once again, police were called. There was no arrest on this occasion but the police issued Niles with a warning about her conduct.

Maitland-Niles made his full Arsenal debut against Galatasaray in the Champions League in December and is regarded as one of the club’s brightest young prospects. Originally from east London he was scouted at the age of six and developed at the Hale End academy in Walthamstow.

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