Tottenham Face FA Probe After Banana Skin is Thrown at Aubameyang During North London Derby
After a defeat in the heated North London Derby on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur are likely to be subjected to a FA probe as one of their fans was arrested for throwing a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium.
After a defeat in the heated North London Derby on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur are likely to be subjected to a FA probe as one of their fans was arrested for throwing a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The Gabonese forward scored the first of his two goals from the penalty spot and ran to celebrate in front of the opposition fans who responded by throwing projectiles at him. Photographs show a banana skin was among the projectiles.
With the help of CCTV footage, the Metropolitan Police confirmed the identity of the fan and arrested him alongside six more for public order offences, including two Arsenal fans who lit smoke canisters during the match.
The FA will look into the matter and the Spurs have also released a statement condemning the act.
“Behaviour such as this is completely unacceptable and the supporter in question will be issued with a ban,” a spokesman was quoted by The Guardian.
Arsenal won an explosive north London derby as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brace and Alexandre Lacazette's crucial strike inspired a pulsating 4-2 win over bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
It was an explosive game that also saw a mass confrontation between players from both teams, including substitutes, after Eric Dier equalised. The Arsenal substitutes who were warming up nearby took exception to how Dier celebrated, with Stephan Lichtsteiner appearing to tap him. Players converged from all angles and projectiles were thrown by the Arsenal fans.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino ran to play peacemaker as his assistant Jesus Perez was involved in a row with Arsenal substitute Mattéo Guendouzi. Dier, who was booked, said, “I had my back to it all so I’m not too sure what happened. But this is football. It’s a derby. Football is all about emotion and I don’t understand how I can get a yellow card in that situation. It baffles me because, if you take the emotion out of football, you’re going to destroy the game for everyone.
“The ref said he gave me the yellow card because it was because of me that the whole thing started. If you watch it, we’re celebrating. I don’t leave the pitch at any point and some of their players that are on the bench come to us. Their players approached us. I don’t know what’s wrong with it. But it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t because of that we lost.”
Pochettino said: “At 1-1 it was a massive fight there but I didn’t know what was going on in that moment. And in the moment that I arrived, it was all relaxed, calm. I didn’t know what happened but sometimes these situations happen. My intention was always to put calm.
“I don’t know if it was the celebration of Dier. I don’t know what upset some people there or some players that were doing the warm-up. I really don’t know and I didn’t ask at half-time. I think the cameras are there and we will see what is going on.”
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