December 21 – Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined a total of £95,000 for failing to control their players during this month’s hotly contested Premier League derby.
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier’s goal celebration in his side’s 4-2 defeat on December 2 sparked angry scenes on the touchline, with Arsenal’s substitutes unhappy with the England player.
“Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined £45,000 and £50,000 respectively after both clubs admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” the English FA said in a statement.
The ill-tempered contest also saw a banana skin thrown on to the Emirates Stadium pitch by a Tottenham fan shortly after one of two goals scored by Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
This week, when the two sides met again in the League Cup quarter-final, Tottenham’s Dele Alli was struck on the back of the head by a plastic water bottle shortly after he scored their second goal in a 2-0 win. Arsenal say they have identified an image of the individual and are working with police to apprehend the suspect.
Meanwhile it has now been revelaed that Arsenal are also investigating allegations of anti-Semitic behaviour by their fans during Wednesday’s game.
Tottenham have a large Jewish fanbase (as in fact do Arsenal) and an Arsenal statement said: “Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.”
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