Police hunt for supporter who threw banana at Bale during Tottenham's win over Arsenal
12:07 GMT, 4 March 2013
14:03 GMT, 4 March 2013
Police have launched an investigation after a banana was thrown at Gareth Bale during the north London derby.
Officers are working with Tottenham staff and reviewing CCTV to establish the identity of the supporter who launched the fruit at Bale from the Arsenal section as the forward attempted to take a corner in the 27th minute.
Assistant referee Darren Cann picked up the banana and removed it from the pitch but no further action appeared to be taken at the time.
Incident: The assistant referee holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner
Targeted: Ex-Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor (right) was also a target for abuse from Gunners fans
The Metropolitan Police will prosecute the person responsible if located, given it is an offence to throw an object on to a football pitch.
Usually such action carries racist overtones, as when Mario Balotelli was taunted with inflatable bananas during the recent Milan derby, but in this case the yob supporter seemed to be mocking Bale’s appearance.
Those with Arsenal allegiances flocked to Twitter to give misguided congratulations to the culprit.
User @jackAFCmartin posted: ‘The best moment of the match. When an Arsenal fan threw the banana skin at Gareth Bale #Chimp’
Happy days: Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor as Tottenham beat Arsenal at White Hart Lane
Danny O’Reagan wrote: ‘Whoever threw that banana at Gareth Bale is a legend.’
But Robin Bylund provided a reasoned voice when he replied sarcastically: ‘Arsenal “fans” throwing a banana towards Gareth Bale. How classy…’
The FA say they are awaiting a report from their crowd control adviser, who is likely to have noted down the incident, and will make every effort to identify the person responsible.
The act somewhat marred a thrilling game, which Spurs won 2-1, with striker Emmanuel Adebayor also taunted over the horrific shootings in Angola while on international duty with Togo in 2010.