The FA have charged both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for ‘failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion’ during the North-London Derby at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
After Jan Vertonghen handled the ball in his own penalty area, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the 10th minute from the penalty spot, and the undesired scenes started then and there as a Spurs supporter threw a banana skin towards the Gabonese in a clear move to make a racial insult. Spurs officials have announced an investigation and a lengthy ban for the person responsible for such a despicable act.
However, the issue that caused an official reaction from the FA arose just after the half-hour mark. Christian Eriksen swung a free-kick dangerously into the box, and Eric Dier diverted it past Leno and equalized. As soon as he saw the ball hit the back of the net, the England midfielder ran towards the corner flag in celebration and put his finger over his mouth, gesturing to the home fans to be silent.
His antics resulted in a strong reaction from the Arsenal bench, as well as the players on the pitch, and a scuffle broke out for which the two rival clubs are now being forced to answer.
They have until 6PM on Thursday to submit their respective responses.
But it wasn’t the only problem that set the Association’s disciplinary machinery into motion on Derby Day.
Liverpool beat Everton in the Merseyside Derby played on the same day at Anfield by 1-0, courtesy of a 96th minute winner by Divock Origi. Jurgen Klopp ran onto the pitch and embraced goalkeeper Alisson Becker, and the FA started a procedure against him for misconduct. However, the Liverpool manager has already admitted to being guilty as charged and accepted a fine of £8,000 which resulted in the matter being officially closed.
Arsenal play their next game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, and you can read more about it in our preview.