A Tottenham fan kicked Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsale shortly after the Gunners’ 2-0 victory in the north London derby on Sunday.
Following a key victory over their opponents at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Mikel Arteta’s team has pushed their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points.
In the 14th minute, Hugo Lloris’ own goal gave Arsenal the lead before Martin Odegaard extended their lead just before halftime with a spectacular long-range shot.
Spurs made progress in the second half but were unable to make a breakthrough, giving Arsenal a clear lead in the Premier League title battle.
At the final whistle, Ramsdale was celebrating Arsenal’s victory in front of the Spurs fans, but when he went to get his gloves from behind the goal, a fan who had just made his way down to the front of the crowd kicked him.
Ramsdale responded, “The Spurs fans gave me some during the game,” when questioned about the incident after the game. I was returning some.
The folks I did give it to responded to it in a sportsmanlike manner, although one fan attempted to punch me in the back.
It is unfortunate because, in the end of the day, it is only a football game. Fortunately, nothing too serious occurred despite both groups of players trying to remove me. Although it has a bitter taste, I’m confident we will like it when we return to the dressing room.
Eric Dier, a Tottenham centre defender, criticised the offending Spurs fan in the meanwhile.
Although I didn’t see it, Dier added, “it is obviously inappropriate and shouldn’t have happened.”
I have nothing left to say.
Jamie Redknapp, a former Tottenham midfielder, said to Sky Sports that the Spurs supporter’s behaviour was inappropriate.
Ramsdale had been receiving abuse throughout the game, and when he reacted, he reminded everyone that it was inevitable in football. But it’s unacceptable for a supporter to attempt to kick a player while doing so on the field.
“I’m sure Spurs will respond appropriately.” That man shouldn’t be let inside football stadiums. It’s out of sequence.
You can find more news like this on our main football page.