Bamidele Jermaine Alli appeared to have been hit by a plastic water bottle thrown by an Arsenal fan after he scored his side’s second goal of the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal at the Emirates. He was struck with a water bottle on the back of the head as he attempted to collect the ball for a throw-in.
The England star immediately appealed to referee Jon Moss just before a clash with Arsenal’s defender Sokratis. Alli who was unbothered about the incident also taunted the Arsenal fans by holding up two fingers to show the 2-0 scoreline.
Tottenham manager Pochettino who has been linked with a move to Manchester United demanded Arsenal find the “stupid person”.
“It was lucky that it wasn’t a big issue,” the Argentine said. “For me, okay we play a derby and we hate each other in a good way but that is in a bad way when you go to damage some people or an opponent.
“I cannot talk in general because only one stupid person made a mistake. I respect the Arsenal fans, like I respect the professionals from Arsenal and I respect our fans.
“For one you cannot talk about everyone. I hope that Arsenal take responsibility and through the camera they can identify because it wasn’t a problem but it can happen to be a big problem.” The Argentine said.
There also appeared to be other objects thrown by Arsenal supporters into the section occupied by Tottenham’s fans as the atmosphere turned toxic at their previous encounter. The shocking incidents came after a Tottenham fan was banned for four years after being found guilty of throwing a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when the teams met in an acrimonious clash earlier this month.
The club (Arsenal ) are studying the CCTV footage to know the actual individual behind the act and it is understood the FA would support any criminal charge brought against the culprit. The Metropolitan Police revealed to Sky Sports News on Wednesday night seven arrests were made at the game for public order offences.
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