GUILTY: FA Fines Arsenal, Tottenham
ARSENAL and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined a total of £95,000 for failing to control their players during this month’s Premier League derby, the English Football Association said yesterday.
Spurs midfielder Eric Dier’s goal celebration in his side’s 4-2 defeat on Dec 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 FA said in a statement.
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace and strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira had helped Arsenal cancel out goals from Dier and Harry Kane to win the match.
The ill-tempered contest saw a banana skin thrown on to the Emirates Stadium pitch by a supporter after Aubameyang scored. Tottenham later promised to ban the culprit.
The Metropolitan Police then charged four men after incidents during the match.
Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final meeting between the two teams was also mired in controversy after Tottenham’s Dele Alli was hit in the back of the head by a plastic water bottle shortly after he scored their second goal in a 2-0 win.
Arsenal said yesterday they have identified an image of the individual who threw a bottle at the Emirates Stadium and are working with police to apprehend the suspect.