Tot­ten­ham fac­ing FA in­quiry af­ter ba­nana skin thrown at Aubameyang

Away fans greet Aubameyang’s goal cel­e­bra­tion with hail of ob­jects in­clud­ing a ba­nana

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Front Page - David Hyt­ner at the Emi­rates Sta­dium

Tot­ten­ham face an English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter one of their sup­port­ers was ar­rested for throw­ing a ba­nana skin at Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang dur­ing Arsenal’s 4-2 derby win at the Emi­rates Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

The Arsenal striker had scored the first of his two goals from the penalty spot when he ran to cel­e­brate in front of the trav­el­ling sup­port­ers. A host of pro­jec­tiles were thrown at him, with still pho­tog­ra­phy show­ing that a ba­nana skin was among them.

Iden­ti­ify

CCTV footage was used to con­firm the iden­tify of the fan who threw it and he was ar­rested. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice said after­wards that a to­tal of seven ar­rests were made – six for pub­lic or­der of­fences, of which at least two were Arsenal fans who lit smoke can­is­ters dur­ing the match.

The FA will in­ves­ti­gate and Tot­ten­ham re­leased a state­ment that con­demned the sup­porter who threw the ba­nana skin. “Be­hav­iour such as this is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and the sup­porter in ques­tion will be is­sued with a ban,” a spokesman said.

It was a fiery game that also fea­tured a mass con­fronta­tion be­tween play­ers from both sides, in­clud­ing sub­sti­tutes, af­ter Eric Dier’s equaliser for 1-1. The Arsenal sub­sti­tutes who were warm­ing up nearby took ex­cep­tion to how Dier cel­e­brated, with Stephan Licht­steiner ap­pear­ing to tap him. Play­ers con­verged from all an­gles and pro­jec­tiles were thrown by the Arsenal fans.

Peace­maker

The Tot­ten­ham man­ager, Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino, ran up the touch­line to act as a peace­maker while his as­sis­tant, Jesús Pérez, was in­volved in a fu­ri­ous row with the Arsenal sub­sti­tute Mat­téo Guen­douzi.

Dier was booked and he said: “I had my back to it all so I’m not too sure what hap­pened. But this is foot­ball. It’s a derby. Foot­ball is all about emo­tion and I don’t un­der­stand how I can get a yel­low card in that sit­u­a­tion. It baf­fles me be­cause, if you take the emo­tion out of foot­ball, you’re go­ing to de­stroy the game for ev­ery­one.

“The ref said he gave me the yel­low card be­cause it was be­cause of me that the whole thing started. If you watch it, we’re cel­e­brat­ing. I don’t leave the pitch at any point and some of their play­ers that are on the bench come to us. Their play­ers ap­proached us. I don’t know what’s wrong with it. But it doesn’t mat­ter. It wasn’t be­cause of that we lost.”

Po­chet­tino said: “At 1-1 it was a mas­sive fight there but I didn’t know what was go­ing on in that mo­ment. And in the mo­ment that I ar­rived, it was all re­laxed, calm. I didn’t know what hap­pened but some­times th­ese sit­u­a­tions hap­pen. My in­ten­tion was al­ways to put calm.

Cel­e­bra­tion

“I don’t know if it was the cel­e­bra­tion of Dier. I don’t know what up­set some peo­ple there or some play­ers that were do­ing the warm-up. I re­ally don’t know and I didn’t ask at half-time. I think the cam­eras are there and we will see what is go­ing on.”

Arsenal man­ager Unai Emery is now fo­cus­ing on an­other testing ex­am­i­na­tion away at Manch­ester United in mid­week. “Now I am think­ing of the match on Wed­nes­day in Manch­ester,” he said.

“It is a very big vic­tory, we showed our sup­port­ers and we gave them the vic­tory be­cause it is a very spe­cial match against Tot­ten­ham, for us it is spe­cial also.

“But above all it is three points, like against Bournemouth. We are happy, we are en­joy­ing, but shocked be­cause Tot­ten­ham are on 30 points like us.

“We need to con­tinue our process, cre­at­ing our way. To­day was very big things, for our con­fi­dence this was a very good match.”

It was Arsenal’s lat­est vic­tory com­ing from be­hind un­der Emery – a tes­ta­ment to their new-found con­vic­tion – al­though there was in­trigue re­gard­ing Me­sut Özil, who was not in­cluded in the squad be­cause of a back prob­lem.

The club de­scribed it as a back spasm and noted it was some­thing that had af­flicted Özil be­fore this season – most no­tably when it led to him missing the Ful­ham game in Oc­to­ber – while Emery said it was “back ache” which made it sound less se­ri­ous.

Emery was asked when Özil had felt the prob­lem. “I don’t know,” he replied. Was Özil even at the sta­dium? “I don’t know,” Emery said.

– Guardian

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PHO­TO­GRAPH: SHAUN BOT­TER­ILL/GETTY IMAGES

■Mat­teo Guen­douzi and Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang cel­e­brate dur­ing the Premier League game against Tot­ten­ham yes­ter­day. In­set: The ba­nana skin thrown at Aubameyang af­ter the Arsenal striker had scored the first of his two goals from the penalty spot when he ran to cel­e­brate in front of the trav­el­ling sup­port­ers.

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