PFA slams the fan attack on Aaron Ramsdale following Arsenal’s north London derby win – as they call for players to be better protected and label the incident as ‘completely unacceptable’
- The PFA release a statement following a fan attack on Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale
- A Spurs fan appeared to kick the Arsenal goalie after the north London derby
- Stewards acted quickly and prevented Ramsdale from reacting to the incident
- The PFA say players need to be better protected from all too regular situations
- Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners over Spurs after a dominating first half display
The PFA have released a statement condemning the attempted attack on Aaron Ramsdale by a Tottenham supporter at the end of the north London derby on Sunday.
Tempers boiled over at the final whistle after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over rivals Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Ramsdale at the centre of the chaos.
The Gunners keeper was quick to celebrate the victory – a win that sees Arsenal go eight points clear at the top of the Premier League – and punched the air in front of Tottenham’s Richarlison.
Aaron Ramsdale was at the centre of an attack from a Tottenham fan at the end of the north London derby on Sunday
Ramsdale’s team-mates jumped in to defend him after a fan tried to attack the England goalie
Ramsdale’s act of celebration didn’t go down well with the Brazilian and the England goalie was quickly ushered away back to his goal.
However, when bending down to pick up his bottle, a Tottenham supporter climbed onto the hoarding and kicked him in the back.
Before he could react to the incident, stewards swarmed around the fan to stop any further attacks on the Arsenal goalkeeper.
The PFA have reacted to the ugly confrontation and released a statement declaring attacks on players as totally unacceptable.
Ramsdale bent down to pick up his water bottle after arguing with Richarlison and appeared to be kicked by at Tottenham supporter
The statement said: ‘Violence towards players is completely unacceptable. These types of incidents are happening far too often.
‘Players have a right to be safe in their place of work. When a player is attacked we expect the laws and regulations that are in place to protect them to be properly enforced.
‘As the players’ union we treat this as a priority issue. We will be continuing to work with the authorities to demand that players and staff are better protected in their place of work.’
The PFA released this statement following the incident at the end of the north London derby
It was an evening to remember for Ramsdale, after pulling off a number of crucial saves in Arsenal’s win over their north London neighbours.
A Hugo Lloris blunder saw the Gunners open the scoring after 15 minutes, before Martin Odegaard doubled their lead in a dominating first half display.
Tottenham did rally in the second half, with Ramsdale denying Harry Kane either side of the break and then stopped another goal-bound effort from Ryan Sessegnon, but the win extends Arsenal’s lead over Manchester City at the top of the league after City’s defeat in the Manchester derby on Saturday.
Aaron Ramsdale pulled off a number of crucial saves to see Arsenal hang on to their 2-0 win
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