Aaron Ramsdale
Aaron Ramsdale

In absolute shocking scenes after Arsenal’s North London Derby win over Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a fan from the stands ‘kicked’ the Gunners’ goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale who apparently was collecting his sipper and towel near the goal. Tottenham striker Richarlison to lashed out at the England international and tried to punch him in the face before a security personnel pulled him away.

Tottenham players as well as fans evidently failed to conduct themselves in a proper manner after their 2-0 loss at home in the derby. Mikel Arteta’s young Gunners ran over a helpless Spurs team who looked clueless for the first 15 minutes with their ‘keeper and captain Hugo Lloris committing two blunders, and one of them leading to his own goal. Martin Odegaard then added a second in the 36th minute with a sublime strike from outside the box to secure a 2-0 win for Arsenal away at Tottenham after 9 long years.

Aaron Ramsdale
Tottenham striker Richarlison appears to man-handle Arsenal ‘keeper Aaron Ramsdale after full-time whistle of the North London Derby. Credits: Twitter

Aaron Ramsdale lashes out at Tottenham fans

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was totally outdone by his Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta tactically, as Arsenal put on a rampant performance to complete their first league double over their North London rivals since the 2013/14 season. However, as any high-octane derby would witness flaring incidents, this clash between Arsenal and Tottenham too caught fire after the full-time whistle.

Aaron Ramsdale, who was a brick-wall in the goal for the Gunners making 7 saves and earning a clean-sheet, was subject to some disgraceful violence from a Tottenham fan. As the 24-year-old walked towards his goal after the 90 minutes to collect his sipper there, first Richarlison slammed him for allegedly mocking the home fans by ‘kissing the Arsenal badge’ and also tried to punch him in the face. Then it was a Tottenham fan who came down from the stands and ‘kicked’ Ramsdale in the back. Aaron Ramsdale told Sky Sports after the game:

“The Spurs fans were giving me some [stick] throughout the second half. I gave them some back, which to the few people I did it to it was probably well greeted, you know, sportsmanship like. Then a fan tried to jump over and gave me a little punch on the back. That’s what happened and it’s a shame because it’s just a game of football at the end of the day. I think both sets of players tried to bring me away and thankfully nothing actually happened to drastically. It’s a sour taste but I’m sure we’ll enjoy it when we go back in the dressing room.”

Tottenham too released a statement taking serious note of the incident and confirmed that the club is investigating it as well. The statement on the club’s website read:

“We are appalled by the behaviour of a supporter that attempted to attack Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale at the end of today’s match. Violence in any form has no place in football.

“The Club has reviewed its CCTV footage to identify the supporter and will be working with the Met Police, Arsenal and Aaron Ramsdale to take the strongest possible action, including an immediate ban from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.”

The FA, who recently had charged Arsenal twice for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly manner against Newcastle United [in the Premier League] and Oxford United [in the FA Cup], too took released a statement condemning the incident and that they are working with the Met Police to identify the fan and make an arrest. The FA said:

“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.”