The Skilled Footballers’ Affiliation (PFA) and Tottenham have each condemned the incident during which Aaron Ramsdale was attacked by a Spurs fan.
- Ramsdale was not injured within the assault
- Mikel Arteta didn’t touch upon the incident
- Antonio Conte additionally condemned the Spurs supporter
WHAT HAPPENED? The incident occurred shortly after the ultimate whistle of Sunday’s north London derby, during which the Gunners beat their neighbors 2-0 to maneuver eight factors clear on the high of the Premier League.
Ramsdale was initially concerned in an altercation with Richarlison and as he was carried off the pitch, a Spurs fan jumped onto the billboards behind the purpose and kicked the England worldwide within the again earlier than fleeing again into the gang.
WHAT THEY SAID: Reacting to the incident, a PFA spokesman mentioned: “Violence towards gamers is totally unacceptable. All these incidents occur all too usually.
“Gamers have a proper to be protected of their office. When a participant is assaulted, we anticipate the legal guidelines and rules in place to guard gamers to be correctly enforced. As a gamers union, we deal with this as a precedence challenge. We are going to proceed to work with the authorities to insist that gamers and workers are higher protected of their office.
BIGGER PICTURE: Tottenham additionally launched an announcement promising to take robust motion after the fan was recognized. A press release learn: “We’re appalled by the conduct of the supporter who tried to assault Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale on the finish of right this moment’s sport. Violence in any kind has no place in soccer. The membership has reviewed its CCTV footage to establish the supporter and is working with the Met Police, Arsenal and Aaron Ramsdale to take all attainable measures, together with a right away ban from Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium.”
Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta didn’t touch upon the incident, however Spurs supervisor Antonio Conte mentioned in his post-match press convention: “I did not see it, however I used to be requested about it earlier than in a media interview. If this occurred, the scenario just isn’t good. This isn’t optimistic. I believe you need to present respect always. If we would like respect, now we have to point out respect.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR ARSENAL? The Gunners host third-placed Manchester United on the Emirates Stadium subsequent Sunday.