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Delle Alli bottle-thrower identified


Arsenal launched a clampdown on discrimination and violence by  fans after the supporter who hurled a bottle at Tottenham’s Dele Alli was identified and reported to police.
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The club expressed their disappointment over the incident during the 2-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat on Wednesday and officials were on Thursday forced to deal with fresh complaints of potential anti-Semitism by supporters.
One video shows a fan tugging his nose at Spurs supporters, while another fan was ordered to leave the stadium after allegedly making reference to “gassing Jews”.
It was the second north London derby in three weeks to be marred by the actions of fans.
On Thursday evening, Scotland Yard was preparing to interview the fan who threw the plastic bottle at Alli after he was identified on CCTV footage.
Arsenal said in a statement: 
“We are not responsible for the actions of one individual, but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident. We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behavior. Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.”
The club statement said that the suspect left the stadium immediately after throwing the bottle at Alli in the 73rd minute, but an  image of him has been found by analyzing CCTV footage.
Earlier on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Met Police had confirmed they were working with the club “to identify the person responsible” but there had been “no arrest in  relation to this specific incident”. The spokeswoman added, though, that seven people were arrested for a variety of incidents before, during and after the match which included possession of drugs, public order and assault on police.
After the game, Alli, who scored his side’s second goal with a delightful lob, told Sky Sports: “It made the goal a bit sweeter, and the win.”
His immediate reaction to being struck had been to turn to the home fans and make a “2-0” gesture. The victory earned a semi-final tie against Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino, his manager, praised Alli for the self-control he showed during the incident.
“It was an amazing reaction,” he said. “In another country, the player was going to be down on the pitch. Dele behaved really well,  Arsenal should be grateful to him because the player could have gone down and created a massive problem.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal and Tottenham were fined £45,000 and £50,000  respectively by the Football Association after angry confrontations between players during the previous Premier League encounter on Dec 2.

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