Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal celebration was unsurprisingly interrupted by bigotry.
Last weekend, one man was arrested after he threw a banana peel at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the North London Derby.
Tottenham Hotspur fan arrested after tossing banana peel at black Arsenal player. https://t.co/8vbT9ZHEY9
Aubameyang—a French citizen of Gabonese descent—was celebrating a goal in a high-scoring match when a fan threw the peel.
Luckily, London’s Metropolitan Police identified the fan via CCTV footage.
Yet, this incident comes as no surprise as European clubs have a long history of racist fans throwing bananas at black players.
Hotspur issued a statement to The Guardian about the incident, saying that the supporter will be banned from the grounds.
“Behaviour such as this is completely unacceptable and the supporter in question will be issued with a ban.”
The Football Association is investigating the club for the actions of their fans. Police made seven arrests in total, including two Arsenal fans who lit smoke canisters during the match.
Metropolitan Police confirm there were seven arrests made during the NLD. Press Association Sport understands one of those arrests came after a banana was hurled from the away end as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring an early #AFC penalty in front of the Spurs fans.
In the end, ignorance took the back seat while Arsenal won 4-2.