Man charged with assault after Tottenham fan kicked Arsenal star Aaron Ramsdale

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    Police have arrested a man and charged him with assaulting Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale in Sunday’s North London derby.

    Joseph Watts, 35, of Hackney, is set to appear in Highbury Magistrates’ court on Friday, February 17.

    Arsenal goalkeeper Ramsdale appeared to be kicked in the back by a Tottenham fan after the win over their rivals on Sunday afternoon. Footage showed the fan jumping onto the advertising hoardings around the pitch before appearing to fling a boot at Ramsdale and making off into the crowd again.

    Ramsdale had been in an altercation with Tottenham star Richarlison just moments prior and admitted after the game he had been enjoying sportsmanlike banter with the Spurs fans throughout the match, but the incident left a "sour taste" over Arsenal's victory.

    A statement from Met Police said: “A man has been charged with assaulting an Arsenal player after a match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, 15 January.

    “Joseph Watts, 35 (23.06.87) of Hackney was charged on Tuesday, 17 January with assault by beating, going onto an area adjacent to playing area and throwing a missile onto a football playing area, both contrary to the Football (Offences) Act 1991.

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

    “The Met's Football Investigations Team were assisted in their enquiries by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.”

    Tottenham had earlier released a statement of their own. "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," it read.

    "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."

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