PFA slams the fan attack on Aaron Ramsdale after Arsenal’s North London derby win
The PFA condemns the fan attack on Aaron Ramsdale following Arsenal’s triumph in the north London derby, calling for stronger protection for players and calling the event “totally unacceptable.”
The Premier League has issued a statement condemning a Tottenham fan’s attempted attack on Aaron Ramsdale at the end of the north London derby on Sunday.
Tempers flared after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Ramsdale at the epicenter of the commotion.
The Arsenal goalkeeper was eager to celebrate the win, which moves Arsenal eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, and punched the air in front of Tottenham’s Richarlison.
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Ramsdale’s celebration was not well received The Brazilian seemed pleased, and the England goalkeeper was quickly led back to his goal.
Stewards surrounded the fan before he could react, preventing any further attacks on the Arsenal goalkeeper.
‘Violence against players is entirely unacceptable,’ said the statement. These kinds of situations occur far too frequently.
‘Players have the right to feel safe at work. We want the laws and regulations in place to protect players to be effectively enforced when they are attacked.
‘As a players’ union, we consider this a top concern. We will continue to work with the authorities to urge that players and employees be better safeguarded at work.’
Ramsdale had a memorable evening after making a number of vital stops in Arsenal’s triumph over their north London rivals.
The Gunners took the lead after 15 minutes thanks to a Hugo Lloris error, before Martin Odegaard doubled their lead in a dominant first half performance.
The Premier League condemns the behaviour of a fan at the conclusion of the Tottenham Hotspur FC and Arsenal FC match this evening.— Premier League (@premierleague) January 15, 2023
There is no place in football for acts of violence.https://t.co/5g1S4WHayW
Tottenham rallied in the second half, with Ramsdale denying Harry Kane both before and after the break, and then stopping another goal-bound effort from Ryan Sessegnon, but the win extends Arsenal’s lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, following City’s defeat in the Manchester derby on Saturday.