Gupta, who is an Arsenal club ambassador, has claimed she did not know the comments were racist but irate fans have called on the Gunners to take action.
The actor, 33, posted a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation with Varun_Gupta17 to her 3.4million Instagram followers.
In the image, she received messages which read: "Solves our winger issues. I can't see that gorilla faced Iwobi running down the flank again. He's so bad ya."
Gupta replied: "Hahahahahaha I honestly dunno why they don't bench him more."
Varun_Gupta17 then responded: "It's like evolution stopped for him. Didn't change from Neanderthal to man."
The post was quickly deleted from her profile but furious fans had already taken a screenshot and called her out for the racist remarks.
Gupta responded to the furore on Twitter as she said: "Guys I'm sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover.
Guys m sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Wallah never meant it. Sorry guys forgive the stupidity 🙏🏽 #gooner4life— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019
It was us discussing our frustration during the game.sorry as I din realise it directed towards racism.laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the games result guys.been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something m proud of. It was a fault,sorry guys— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019
The Bollywood star went on to claim that she acted out of frustration following Arsenal's 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United .
"I didn't realise it directed towards racism," Gupta, who previously dated Gunner full-back Hector Bellerin, added. "Laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the games (sic) result guys.
|Gupta is an Arsenal ambassador (Image: AFP/Getty Images)|
However, supporters have urged Arsenal to take action against the model and actor.
One wrote: "This needs to be investigated further. A lot of us Nigerian Gooners aren't taking it. @alexiwobi is our boy. We will not stand and watch him be dehumanised and not act. Take note @Arsenal."
And pressure on Gupta only grew after she started blocking those who called her out.
Dear @Arsenal I as an Indian am ashamed with Esha Gupta's sick mindset and would like to apologize. I am a @ManUtd supporter and always engage in friendly banter with my Gooner mates. But this is unacceptable in football. Hope you ban her for life! https://t.co/Hz6iSDqXjG— Kunal 🇮🇳 (@RunMUFC) January 27, 2019
Okay Esha Gupta, sorry to reveal this to you but you're a racist. You should stop supporting Arsenal Football Club immediately. (The story has been deleted) pic.twitter.com/FtDSrSgylv— Adwait (@Adwait98) January 26, 2019
Esha Gupta can block everyone calling her out on her racism. @Arsenal time to drop this woman as ambassador. pic.twitter.com/Mrkp0sEI9R— E=mc2 (@bajankris) January 27, 2019
Gupta has previously claimed that she inherited her love of the Gunners from her father.
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