FA fines Arsenal, Tottenham for failing to control players

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli receives a yellow card for wasting time from the referee during the League Cup quarter-final match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London. (AFP pic)

LONDON: Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined a total of £95,000 (RM504,000) for failing to control their players during this month’s Premier League derby, the English Football Association said on Thursday.

Spurs midfielder Eric Dier’s goal celebration in his side’s 4-2 defeat on Dec 2 sparked angry scenes on the touchline, with Arsenal’s substitutes unhappy with the England player.

“Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined 45,000 pounds and £50,000 respectively after both clubs admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” the FA said in a statement.

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace and strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira had helped Arsenal cancel out goals from Dier and Harry Kane to win the match.

The ill-tempered contest saw a banana skin thrown on to the Emirates Stadium pitch by a supporter after Aubameyang scored. Tottenham later promised to ban the culprit.

The Metropolitan Police then charged four men after incidents during the match.

Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final meeting between the two teams was also mired in controversy after Tottenham’s Dele Alli was hit in the back of the head by a plastic water bottle shortly after he scored their second goal in a 2-0 win.

Arsenal said on Thursday they have identified an image of the individual who threw a bottle at the Emirates Stadium and are working with police to apprehend the suspect.