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Man charged with assaulting Arsenal goalkeeper Ramsdale after derby win over Tottenham

A 35-year-old man has been charged with assault on Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale following the Gunners’ win over Tottenham.

Joseph Watts has been charged with “assault by beating, going on to an area adjacent to a playing area and throwing a missile onto a football playing area” after Spurs’ 2-0 Premier League defeat to rivals Arsenal.

Watts, of Hackney, East London, was charged on Tuesday and is due to appear at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on February 17.

Live footage from Sky Sports caught an argument between Ramsdale and Tottenham forward Richarlison, before a melee broke out behind the goal.

Images from inside the home end showed Ramsdale walking behind his goal to collect his water bottle when an individual jumped onto the advertising hoarding and kicked him.

A Metropolitan Police statement said:

“A man has been charged with assaulting an Arsenal player after a match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday January 15.

“Joseph Watts, 35 of Hackney was charged on Tuesday January 17 with assault by beating, going onto an area adjacent to playing area and throwing a missile onto a football playing area, both contrary to the Football (Offences) Act 1991.

“He is due to appear at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on Friday 17 February.

“The Met’s Football Investigations Team were assisted in their enquiries by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.”

After the game, the Football Association “strongly condemned” an incident involving Arsenal goalkeeper Ramsdale following his side’s victory over Tottenham.

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