Arsenal have released a statement to say that the club have been embarrassed by the fan who threw a bottle at Dele Alli during the 2-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup last night.
The Sp*rs midfielder was hit in the head midway through the second half, and regardless of whatever rivalry exists it’s an action that nobody should condone.
The club are working with police and reviewing CCTV footage to identify the idiot in question, and today posted an official response to the incident.
We have all been embarrassed by the individual who threw a bottle at Dele Alli during Wednesday night’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium and after analysing CCTV footage, which showed him leaving the stadium after throwing the bottle, we have identified an image of the suspect. We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit.
We are not responsible for the actions of one individual, but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident.
We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behaviour at Arsenal Football Club. Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.
Credit to the club for this – they’ve addressed it very well and it would do other clubs well to take heed when their fans are involved in unsavoury incidents.
It comes in the week that a Tottenham fan was fined £500 and given a four year ban for throwing a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.