Two arrested at north London derby as Spurs fans clash with police
18:21 06 March 2016
Two football fans were arrested before Tottenham faced off against Arsenal at the north London derby yesterday after bottles were thrown at police.
Scotland Yard said the two men were detained for separate public order offences at around 12.30pm at the Park Lane junction of High Road near to White Hart Lane.
Footage posted on social media appeared to show some Tottenham fans clashing with mounted police and one man was seen with a bloodied face in a photo uploaded to Twitter.
Oliver Barr, 23, a Fulham fan who attended the game, said some Tottenham fans had lined the road from the stadium’s south stand, which seats the away fans, to High Road, as well as the route taken by police escorting Arsenal fans.
Although he did not see what sparked the clashes in the video, he said: “I could quite clearly see bottles being thrown and mounted police using batons on fans as they tried to get control of the situation.
“After regaining some degree of control, the police managed to gather all of the away fans into a double-layered cordon of officers outside of the away end but you could clearly see coins and other objects being thrown between the two sets of fans as mounted officers encouraged Spurs fans to move to their seats.
“I was shocked to see such violence erupt so close to the ground and with such a huge police presence around. I have been to many away games supporting Fulham but never experienced violence against regular, everyday fans like that before.”
It is not the first time there has been trouble at Arsenal V Tottenham matches this season.
Eight fans were arrested at the Emirates in November, and pictures emerged showing that the away section toilets had been vandalised.
At a Capital One Cup fixture in October, Arsenal supporters were seen pulling down adverts off the stands at White HArt Lane.
The clashes follow trouble at two of the teams’ previous encounters this season.
Eight fans were arrested at a league match at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in November, while images also emerged during the game of toilets being vandalised in the away section.
The previous month, in a Capital One Cup fixture between the pair, Arsenal supporters were seen pulling advertising hoardings off the stands at White Hart Lane.
Yesterday’s match ended in a 2:2 draw.