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Spurs fan who threw banana peel, six others arrested

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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal from a penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)


Seven people, including one Tottenham Hotspur fan who is alleged to have thrown a banana peel at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have been arrested following Sunday’s north London derby at the Emirates Stadium.

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The Metropolitan Police said that six arrests made were for public disturbance offenses, including at least two Arsenal fans who lit smoke devices following Aubameyang’s second goal of the game, which turned out to be the winner.

Closed-circuit television cameras were used to identify the fan who is believed to have thrown the banana peel — along with other projectiles thrown by other fans — at Aubameyang as the Gabonese striker celebrated in front of the visiting Tottenham fans after scoring the game’s first goal from the penalty spot. The club now faces a Football Association investigation into the conduct of its supporters.

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Spurs released the following statement, via a club spokesman: “Behavior such as this is completely unacceptable and the supporter in question will be issued with a ban.”

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