Arsenal and Sp*rs have both been charged by the FA for the touchline hustle and bustle that followed Eric Dier’s equalising goal on Sunday.
In response to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s celebration in front of the Sp*rs fans following his goal from the penalty spot, the fat-necked midfielder stoked passions on the terraces by putting his finger to his mouth in front of the Block 6 regulars after his equaliser.
Doing so in front of the psychotic Stephan Lichtsteiner didn’t play out quite how Dier might have liked and within seconds everybody from Matteo Guendouzi to Mauricio Pochettino were charging down the touchline to get involved. Just to add to the drama, a few beers were chucked from the stands. Dier subsequently got a booking.
It was all a bit unseemly…but at the same time, great fun. Who doesn’t want to see a derby game boil over (a little bit)?
Anyway, the spoilsport suits at Wembley have decided that we deserve a slap on the wrists and there’s a fairly high chance that Raul and Vinai may have to get the chequebook out to pay a fine.
In the words of the FA, both clubs are charged with failing to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”. We have until 6pm on Thursday to respond.
I hope we do so with a picture of Lichtsteiner flicking the finger.
On a more serious note, Unai Emery has condemned the Sp*rs fan who reacted to Aubameyang’s first goal by throwing a banana skin on the Emirates turf.
Sky Sports report that police have charged a man with ‘throwing a missile’, but it’s the despicable racial undertones of the act that are particularly appalling.
“I don’t accept this behaviour, and nobody accepts it,” said Emery. “I think the police are doing their work.”
In total there were seven arrests at the game for various public order offences.