Aaron Ramsdale Kick: Man charged with assaulting Arsenal goalkeeper

Police are accusing a 35-year-old man of assaulting Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after Gunners No 1 was kicked by a supporter after Mikel Arteta’s 2-0 win in the north London derby

A man has been accused of allegedly kicking Aaron Ramsdale after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Spurs in the north London derby on Sunday.

After an impressive performance for the Gunners between the sticks, goaltender Ramsdale was hit by a fan as he went to get his bottle from behind the goal.

The supporter lashed out and appeared to be in touch with the England international, who admitted after the game the incident left a “sour taste” after his performance as man of the match.

A 35-year-old man has been accused of kicking Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale

A 35-year-old man has been accused of kicking Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale

A statement from the Metropolitan Police read: “A man has been accused of assaulting an Arsenal player after a match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday January 15.

‘Joseph Watts, 35 (23/06/87), of Hackney, was charged Tuesday 17 January with assault by beating, entering an area adjacent to a pitch and throwing a missile at a football pitch, both offenses against football (offences) law 1991.

“He is due to appear in Highbury Magistrates’ Court on Friday February 17.

“The Met’s football investigation team was assisted in their investigation by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.”

The FA strongly condemned the incident after the north London derby, insisting the behavior was “completely unacceptable”.

In the incident, the fan jumped from the stands onto a billboard and kicked Ramsdale in the back as he collected his water bottle

The fan is then seen crawling back to his seat with a scarf covering his face

Video footage showing the moment a Tottenham fan attacked the Arsenal goalkeeper

The governing body said: “We strongly condemn the incident involving a spectator following today’s Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

“This is totally unacceptable behavior and we will be working with the police, relevant authorities and clubs to ensure the appropriate action is taken.”

Temperatures soared at Tottenham Hotspur as Arsenal took a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Ramsdale denied Harry Kane late in the first half and later made a number of crucial saves after the break to help Arsenal carve out an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The lively fight was more or less contained by referee Craig Pawson, but tensions quickly boiled over by the end of the game.

Arsenal’s feisty shot-stopper was seen exchanging words with Richarlison, who appeared outraged after Spurs defeat.

The Brazilian approached the keeper and was seen squeezing his hands into the England star’s face as he made his way towards the back of the goal.

As Ramsdale gestured towards the Spurs fans, a supporter fell down several rows of seats and kicked him while he was balancing on the barriers.

The man, wearing a scarf over his mouth to hide his identity, quickly ran back into the sea of ​​Spurs supporters while Ramsdale was led away by stewards.

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