Police investigating after Dele Alli hit with bottle in derby win

Police have confirmed that they are investigating an incident where Tottenham Hotspur player Dele Alli was hit on the head by a bottle thrown by a member of the Arsenal crowd in Wednesday night’s derby win.

Alli was hit as he stood by the touchline with Arsenal preparing to take a throw-in in the 73rd minute as Tottenham lead 2-0. The Metroploitan Police say they are working with Arsenal to identify the culprit.

Arsenal have also said that they are examining CCTV footage of the incident, but as yet no arrests have been made.

Alli responded by making a gesture of 2-0, the score at the time, to the Arsenal fans. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said that he believed if it were another country, Arsenal would be playing behind closed doors for a period of time.

“In a different country, maybe they close the stadium for a few games. It’s lucky it wasn’t a big problem but I think people need to be careful, and we need to try and avoid this type of action. Some people behave very bad.”


Mauricio Pochettino

The incident comes after a Tottenham fan was banned for life by the club after throwing a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earlier this month in a tie that Arsenal won 4-2.

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