There were some unsavoury scenes after last Sunday’s north London derby.
Straight after Arsenal claimed a potentially season-defining 2-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Aaron Ramsdale was assaulted by a fan.
After a heated interaction with Richarlison inside the penalty area, the goalkeeper went to go and collect his water bottle behind the goal and that’s when things turned sour.
Ramsdale had kissed the Arsenal badge before heading over, but that is still no excuse whatsoever for the shocking events that unfolded.
The Spurs supporter in question – who is yet to be identified – ran to the front of the crowd, stood on the advertising board and kicked Ramsdale in the back.
Fortunately, the Gunners’ main man between the sticks wasn’t seriously injured and was able to walk away from the incident fairly unscathed.
But the fact it was even allowed to happen is hugely concerning and footage of the moment captured from the stands only makes it all the more shocking.
Check it out…
Video: Fan footage of Spurs supporter kicking Ramsdale
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Scenes absolutely no one wants to see at the end of a football match.
Now, stewards have an incredibly hard job at football and you don’t want to place too much blame on their heads.
However, it’s also the case that far more could have been done to prevent the fan from having the opportunity to assault Ramsdale.
The footage above should at least help Spurs identify the culprit, though.
Spurs’ statement on the Ramsdale incident
Spurs wrote in a strongly-worded statement on their official website: “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.”
What did Ramsdale say about the incident in post-match interview?
“It’s a shame as it’s just a game of football at the end of the day,” Ramsdale said in his interview with Sky Sports after Spurs 0-2 Arsenal.
“Both sets of players tried to bring me away but thankfully nothing too drastic happened. It’s a sour taste but I’m sure we will enjoy it when we go back into the dressing room.”