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Arrests after banana skin thrown during Arsenal-Spurs game

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Four men have been charged after a banana skin was thrown on the pitch during the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Gunners outclassed fierce rivals Tottenham 4-2 in a thrilling game at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal with a penalty and the banana skin was thrown as he celebrated in front of the travelling Spurs fans.

Missiles were also thrown on the pitch in other incidents.

“Behaviour such as this is completely unacceptable and the supporter in question will be issued with a ban,” a Tottenham spokesman said.

Gabon striker Aubameyang scored two goals for the Gunners
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Gabon striker Aubameyang (centre) scored two goals for the Gunners

Metropolitan Police did not say who was accused of throwing the banana skin, but confirmed the names of four people charged over trouble at the game.

Paul Wright, 41, of Talbot Place, Bexley, was charged with a public order offence and released on bail to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on New Year’s Eve.

Another three men were charged with throwing missiles on the pitch in separate incidents.

Averof Panteli, 57, of Borrowdale Drive, Norwich; Charlie Watts, 26, of Goldring Court, St Albans; and Jason Gannon, 36, of Gargery Close, Gravesend, Kent, were bailed to appear at court on 18 December.

Police said inquiries were continuing and that there had been six arrests in total, but that two people had been released with no further action.

Arsenal and Spurs were also charged by the FA on Monday after their players had to be pulled apart following Tottenham’s equaliser at 1-1.

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