Arsenal ’embarrassed’ by bottle throwing incident

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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.

It reads:

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.

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Russ
Russ

They should throw the bottle at him! Is quite embarrassing though in all seriousness…

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

They will certainly throw the book at him.

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

I’m quite embarrassed as well. It should of been a brick.
*Disclaimer* I do not condone throwing bricks at Dele Ali. Bricks are valuable pieces of stone masonry and are wasted on Sp*rs players skulls.

Viva la Prof
Viva la Prof

It was the boy from arsenal fan tv the one with the funny head,I saw him I’ll testify

Rich
Rich

They’ve all got funny looking heads, you’ll need to be more specific?

Jack
Jack

I don’t agree with throwing things at players, but honestly I think Dele Alli might just be the most hated player in the PL. Ask a fan of any team to name a player they hate, I bet they would say him. It’s like when everyone used to hate John Terry.

Okester
Okester

What do you mean “used to hate John Terry”..?

Hantal
Hantal

I think he means when Terry was relevant

TCGNR
TCGNR

I’ve always thought Fernandinho and Fellaini were just as hateable if not more.

Chidi
Chidi

Good one. We all love a good Derby and all but this shithousery from some idiotic fans has to end

Okester
Okester

I was at the game last night. While it was an impressive throw as the guy must have been 15 rows back and Alli was a moving target – I felt slightly embarrassed and uncomfortable when it was greeted by a cheer from the crowd.
While I naturally detest Alli, Anyone should be able to go about their job without fear of physical assault. Except boxers though and any other fighters as without the fear of violence, I imagine their job and the spectacle for spectators would be quite boring.

Hantal
Hantal

Its not really assault when you willingly step into a ring. Exception that proves the rule

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

Impressive throw? You don’t seem to really disapprove it. You are just hiding behind some sort of disclaimer.

Okester
Okester

Nope – Genuinely disapproved, but was trying to put a light hearted spin on it, as I do hate it when comments sections descend into venomous slagging matches. I find a bit of humour in any post can minimise such vitriol..

PodB
PodB

The most surprising thing was that Delle Alli didn’t
go down like Arjen Robber and start rolling around the pitch …

Mentalist
Mentalist

You mean like Dele Alli

Hantal
Hantal

It is embarrassing. I’m all for hostile crowds but there’s a line.
That said players have a responsibility not to cross a line either, a bit of winding up is one thing- blatant provocation completely another

Rich
Rich

Nothing wrong with provocation, the permanently offended generation needs to grow some thicker skin.

Hantal
Hantal

Yawn

kaius
kaius

What does the ‘permanently offended generation’ have to do with fans at a heated derby game?

When Dier scored and celebrared in front of our fans, did our fans need to ‘grow a thicker skin’? What a rubbish gammon talking point.

Aaron
Aaron

@Kaius: werd, well said

BringBackSeaman
BringBackSeaman

We all found it hilarious when Theo did the 2 – 0 hand gesture to them while being carted off on a stretcher… so Alli doing it to us doesn’t;t offend me, but it does make me want Torrera or Sokratis to go full Vinnie vs Gazza on him in the next game…

Despicable hobgoblin that he is.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

I’m just gonna come out and say it. It was wrong and these is no place for it but it was hilarious. The crowds reaction was hilarious. Nobody was hurt. If the response to what happened to Aubamyang was a £500 fine and 4 years ban, nobody can argue when that fan gets a similar punishment. The target couldn’t have been a nicer player in my opinion.

Tim
Tim

Nailed it!

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles

It’s not the point, I get that, but I have to say I’d rather be hit by a banana skin than a bottle

berlingoon
berlingoon

The banana skin is a political statement the bottle just tells Alli that he’s a cu*t, and I think we all agree on that.

Maul Person
Maul Person

I know this is about you but just take a step back and consider the statement of your preference of a banana skin (over a plastic bottle) being thrown at a black person (the actual victim)…

COYG1001
COYG1001

Should be a longer ban than the Spur’s fan. Why? We are a classier, bigger club.

Standings are temporary. Class is permanent. I’m fine with a permanent ban.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

Both we’re wrong but given the context of the incidents a longer ban would signify that racism is the lesser of the offences…which it is certainly not.

Pete
Pete

It wasn’t such a great throw, as Ali has a massive head largely made up of grisltle, horse dung, and turmeric.
Probably.

H2k
H2k

Rather than hurl a bottle, next time put your energy in getting behind the team.

Mekus
Mekus

I got your point, but was that really a bottle? I thought I saw a plastic water container? Unless I’m mistaken, but if Alli was hit by a real bottle flying at that speed, he will definitely black out. Having said that, the prick who did that should be seriously punished to serve as a deterrent to others like him. No to violence in sporting events (especially football).

Awesomesauce25
Awesomesauce25

“Plastic water container”… more commonly known as “plastic water bottle”. I dont care jow much i or anyone else dislikes Alli, nobody should be throwing anything at the players on the field. Hope Arsenal cracks down on this idiocy.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

I’ll be honest….I laughed. It was a moment of madness on my part and I’d like to apologize to all I’ve offended.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Fans should not resort to such poor behavior! Unacceptable!!

That being said….
There was a tiny part of me that went, mwaahahahaa

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

Suspect the fan in question will not only get a ban but larger fine than the racist who thew the banana at Auba. I even read Pochettino suggesting we should play games behind closed doors, what an utter prick, he’s really trying to become the new Mourinho isn’t he?

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I thought he told his players to push and shove and waste time for the last 15-20min of the game. Pretty dirty if u ask me

Deano

Seen as how one of their fans threw the banana skin maybe their grand opening of a stadium can be played behind closed doors.

Deep

Actually he said that Arsenal should not be forced to play behind closed doors. He added that because of one idiot, all other fans should not suffer.

hootspur
hootspur

Well done most of the comments below. No team is without it’s share of angry followers; often they turn their anger on their own club. The sad thing is that banter has been replaced by hate. We are segregated from each other more like Northern Ireland than North London. I’d sooner share a pint with some of the guys below than some of our own idiot fraternity.

A full bottle of water thrown down from about 30 feet could have had unfortunate consequences if it had done real damage. Of course some of the Ali haters (who wish he wore a red shirt) might have thought twice if he lost an eye. How would you have felt to play 6 home games in front of an empty stadium?

We all need to stand up to the idiots, Spurs fans included. We and the club were shamed by our banana thrower. It was an insult to our black fans too. Life time bans for both of these knuckle draggers might be a deterrent to others.

Tim
Tim

While Ali is undoubtedly a talent, I think a lot of the hate directed at him isn’t cause we want to see him in a red shirt.. He just really does come across as a giant prick.

Everything else you said I agree with.

Santori
Santori

I saw who it was. It was Wenger abusing another bottle. Nothing to do with Alli, he just had to make it all about him as per usual.

Irrational Gunner

Isn’t it supposed to be, “Victory Grows Through Harmony.”

The Far Post
The Far Post

As a sidenote, I am really surprised by this comment, as reported by the BBC, from Pochettino: “In another country the player was going to be down on the pitch. Dele behaved really well. Arsenal should be grateful to him because the player could have gone down and created a massive problem.”

Could have gone down and created a massive problem… when he actually wasn’t hurt? What a saint for not doing that! This clarifies certain things about that team.

Conor Sheehan
Conor Sheehan

Who else is hoping that it was DT who threw the bottle?

Des Lynam
Des Lynam

The only thing that hit the target all night.

HansRott
HansRott

“Embarrassed” … read “appalled” and “disgusted”.
“We are not responsible for the actions of one individual … ” … Well you weren’t until the best you could muster is “embarrassed”.

Dele Alli is a bone fide c*nt. Always has been, probably always will be. He dives and postures and preens himself in a way that no decent person ever should.

BUT nobody should be open to having a bottle thrown at them no matter who they are or where they are. Anything other than the most extreme repercussions for ‘fan’ and club is the only thing to end this kind of behaviour.

If we’re all to feel safe living in a society that engenders norms we can be proud of then we have to be serious about our ‘red lines’. It’s evident that Arsenal FC, in response to this incident, have failed us in this.

Fuck Sp*rs. Fuck Dele Alli. But an extra ‘fuck’ goes to us for trying to nuance a situation that ought not to have any room for nuance.