Spurs striker Richarlison refused to punch Brazilian team-mate Gabriel Martinelli in the North London derby on Sunday but later apologized for his actions.
The 25-year-old former Everton striker, who was substituted in the second half in yesterday’s Premier League clash, couldn’t turn the tide as Arsenal claimed all three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Goals by Hugo Lloris [OG] and Martin Odegaard sealed a deserved 2-0 win for Mikel Arteta’s side, who are currently eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
It was an impressive performance from the Gunners, but some unsavory scenes after the full-time whistle – when a fan decided to kick Aaron Ramsdale – spoiled what was an entertaining game.
It was, at times, a fiery affair. And in the second half, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli went for a corner when he was cleared away by compatriot Richarlison.
As you can see in the footage below, Martinelli reached out to his World Cup teammate for an awkward amount of time before finally taking the corner kick.
Fans inside the Tottenham Hotspur stadium were certainly entertained by the encounter, but Arsenal had the final laugh after picking up their first away win at Spurs since 2014.
You can see the awkward moment below.
After the full-time whistle, the Tottenham striker apologized to Martinelli for his actions.
Speaking to ESPN, as translated by the Twitter user RenatoRicharlison said: “I would like to apologize to Martinelli, I told him he was diving a lot so I didn’t shake his hand.
“Also with Magalhaes, I told him they stop playing all the time, I just said, ‘let’s play'”
Richarlison: “I would like to apologize to Martinelli, I told him he was diving a lot, so I didn’t shake his hand. Also with Magalhaes I told him they stop playing all the time, I just said “let’s play” pic.twitter.com/PdFkceIqlf
— Renato (@rehnato) January 16, 2023
Sky Sports expert Jamie Redknapp has condemned what happened after the full-time whistle and called for the fan responsible to be banned.
“He played the whole game like he said, he reacts, you can see Richarlison getting involved as well,” he said.
“It’s part of football, that, a bit of a stick, but for a fan to come and do that as we see it unfold, to come and try to hit a player on the pitch is totally unacceptable.
“He needs to get his water bottle, he needs to get his gloves, and I’m sure Spurs will act on it. He shouldn’t be allowed in the football stadium, that guy, and that’s completely out of order. use and unacceptable.”
The PFA quickly issued a statement saying: “Violence towards players is totally unacceptable. These kinds of incidents happen far too often.
“Players have the right to be safe in their workplace. When a player is attacked, we expect the laws and regulations in place to protect them and be properly enforced.
“As the players’ union, we are treating this as a priority issue. We will continue to work with the authorities to demand that players and staff are better protected in their workplaces.”
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