Yesterday’s North London Derby had it all: iconic goals, controversy, and a good old-fashioned brouhaha. Now it seems that we can add FA charges to that list.
According to the Evening Standard, the clash following Eric Dier’s goal celebration in the 30th minute has led to both teams being charged with misconduct and a failure “to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” which couldn’t sound more British if it tried.
For the handful of you who may have missed the memorable match, a minor melee ensued after Eric Dier scored a header off of a Tottenham free kick in the 30th minute, knotting the teams up at 1-1. Putting his finger to his lips and “shushing” the Arsenal fans, Dier riled up Arsenal’s substitutes, who were warming up nearby. Taking particular umbrage with Dier’s taunt was world-class bastard Stephan Lichtsteiner, who confronted the Spurs player. Matteo Guendouzi and Aaron Ramsey joined in immediately, as both teams were quickly in each other’s faces.
The ensuing donnybrook carried on further up the touchline, the soccer equivalent of a bench-clearing brawl in baseball. Although no punches were thrown, it was intense enough to prompt Tottenham’s manager Mauricio Pochettino to sprint toward the kerfuffle to play peacekeeper and separate the players. After the players began to disperse, Dier, clearly not satisfied with his earlier pot-stirring, told Aaron Ramsey to sit down, words that would come back to haunt the Spurs player.
Not only did Ramsey, a halftime substitute, prove to be a catalyst in Arsenal’s second half tactical decimation of the Spurs, but Dier was culpable for two of Arsenal’s three second-half goals, first with a deflection from a Lacazette shot, and finally by unsuccessfully attempting to dispossess Man of the Match Lucas Torreira, who helped Dier take a seat before putting the final emphatic goal past Hugo Lloris.
Following the match, Rambo took one last parting shot at Dier on his Instagram story.
Eric Dier told Aaron Ramsey to sit back down on the bench after Tottenham’s equaliser... L pic.twitter.com/XasSOvKX22— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) December 3, 2018
While both teams have until December 6th to appeal the charges, we can all expect further fireworks between the two clubs, as Arsenal and Tottenham will face one another at least twice more this season, once in the Carabao Cup and once more in the Premier League.