Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale kicked by fan after victory over Tottenham

Aaron Ramsdale appeared to have been kicked by a Tottenham Hotspur supporter after Arsenal’s 2-0 North London derby win on Sunday.

Ramsdale, who was involved in an incident with Spurs striker Richarlison moments earlier, removed his goalkeeper gloves from behind the goal after the final whistle when a fan appeared to be kicking at him.

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A melee ensued involving several players from both teams, but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta quickly led his players away, including Ramsdale, to celebrate in front of their own fans.

“The Spurs fans gave me something during the game,” said Ramsdale after the game. “I gave something back. The people I gave it to greeted it sportingly, but a fan tried to give me a push.

“It’s a shame because it’s just a football game at the end of the day. Both sets of players tried to take me away but luckily nothing too drastic happened. It’s a sour taste but I’m sure we will doing.” enjoy it when we go back into the dressing room.”

Tottenham said they will work with local authorities and Arsenal to help identify the fan kicked out at Ramsdale and are ready to take action once they have.

“The club has reviewed the CCTV footage to identify the supporter and will work with the Met Police, Arsenal and Aaron Ramsdale to take the strongest measures possible, including an immediate suspension from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium,” Spurs said in a statement following the contest. .

The Professional Footballers’ Association released a statement after the game saying: “Violence against players is completely unacceptable. Incidents like this happen far too often.

“Players have the right to be safe in their workplace. When a player is attacked, we expect the laws and regulations in place to protect players to be properly enforced.

“As a players’ union, we are treating this as a priority issue. We will continue to work with the authorities to demand that players and staff are better protected in their workplaces.”

The FA echoed the PFA’s sentiments in their statement shortly afterwards: “We strongly condemn the incident involving a spectator that followed today’s Premier League match between Tottenham and Arsenal. This is completely unacceptable behavior and we will be cooperating with the police , the relevant authorities and the clubs to ensure that appropriate action is taken.”

Meanwhile, Spurs boss Antonio Conte was not happy with the fan action and called on the stands to show respect for the players on the field.

“We have to show respect every moment,” Conte said. “If we want respect, we have to show respect. Honestly, I didn’t see this. But if it happened, certainly this kind of situation, I didn’t like it.”

The incident came after Premier League leaders Arsenal masterclassed how to overwhelm Tottenham and widen the gap at the top to eight points. Ramsdale was a key figure in the win, denying Harry Kane on several occasions.

“The manager also said we haven’t kept a clean sheet in the last few North London derbies, so that spurred me on a bit,” added Ramsdale. “We deserved the two-goal lead and maybe we deserved more.”

The win gives Arsenal 47 points from 18 games, eight ahead of Manchester City, with Newcastle United (who have played one more game) and Manchester United a point behind.

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