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Maitland-Niles' mother banned from London Colney

Bet you can guess who the prospect is from this picture.

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The mother of top Arsenal prospect Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been banned from Arsenal's training ground, following a physical confrontation with multiple Arsenal employees, including chief negotiator Dick Law. According to the Telegraph report, the altercation occurred last month after a meeting which included Maitland-Niles' mother, Jule Niles, and Law. The report states:

A member of the Arsenal ground staff and another man accused Jule Niles of assault, but Law was also apparently struck following a meeting about the player.


Niles was arrested on suspicion of assault, but was released without charge. Arsenal told her that she could no longer enter the club’s London Colney training base.

Despite her ban, players, family members and spectators were astonished to see Niles turn up for the Arsenal Under-21 fixture against Aston Villa last Friday in which Maitland-Niles played.

Witnesses claim that Niles became aggressive, shouting from the touchline and threatening to enter the pitch and drag her son out of the game. Stewards intervened, but the police were again called and this time the mother received a warning. Arsenal lost the match 3-1.

I honestly was not 100% sure that Dick Law was a real person that existed until this story came out. Now that we have reports stating that he was beaten,  though, I can rest assured that he does actually exist.

The real shame is that Arsenal youth matches are rarely broadcast live, so we missed the video evidence of her screaming at people from the stands. For some reason, her outburst did not make the Arsenal Player highlight reel.

The article suggests that none of this affects Maitland-Niles' standing in the club, but from this outsider's perspective, it definitely makes things awkward, to have your mom banned from your place of employment. Having no knowledge of Maitland-Niles' family situation, there's no telling how much this will affect the young talent until he reaches the age of 18 at the end of August. Even then though, you cannot exactly get rid of your parents.

Maitland-Niles received his first professional contract from the club last October, so there's no concern of losing him imminently. Hopefully his mom's disgust at whatever Law's offer was does not poison the well of his Arsenal feelings.