An unsavoury incident involving Aaron Ramsdale and a Sp*rs supporter soured Arsenal’s celebrations following the 2-0 win over Sp*rs.
The goalkeeper was first confronted by Richarlison at the full time whistle – a reaction to being wound up by our number 1 in the dying seconds – and then was kicked in the back by a member of the home support, who stood on the advertising hoardings to reach him. The moron was immediately pushed back by a steward before doing a runner.
After the match, Ramsdale admitted he’d “given some back” to the home support who’d taunted him throughout the second half but said it was “a shame” that someone had taken it too far.
Mikel Arteta, Gabriel Magalhaes and Granit Xhaka were quick on the scene to make sure Ramsdale was fine before the men in red and white made their way up the other end to celebrate with the travelling Gooners.
After the match, the supporter at the centre of the controversy was criticised by the Preofessional Footballers’ Association (PFA) who released the following statement:
— Professional Footballers’ Association (@PFA) January 15, 2023
“Violence towards players is completely unacceptable. These types of incidents are happening far too often. Players have a right to be safe in their place of work. When a player is attacked, we expect the laws and regulations that are in place to protect players to be properly enforced.
As the players’ union, we treat this as a priority issue. We will continue working with the authorities to demand that players and staff are better protected in their place of work.”
In a statement of their own, the FA added: “We strongly condemn the incident involving a spectator that followed today’s Premier League fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. This is wholly unacceptable behaviour and we will work together with the police, the relevant authorities and the clubs to ensure the appropriate action is taken.”
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) January 15, 2023
No doubt CCTV will be able to identify the culprit and they will be handed a stadium ban.