Two of Walcott’s stretcher-bearers were Tottenham Hotspur supporters
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott taunts Tottenham Hotspur fans with the current match score as he is stretchered off the pitch injured during Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Two of the ambulance workers pelted by coins and projectiles thrown by Tottenham Hotspur fans at Arsenal on Saturday are Spurs supporters, it has emerged.
Theo Walcott was singled out by a section of the away support as he was taken off on a stretcher after injuring knee ligaments in the FA Cup victory at the Emirates Stadium and responded by making a gesture to signal the 2-0 scoreline.
In response, fans threw missiles without realising two of the stretcher-bearers, Daniel Ahmed and Anthony Archer, are Spurs fans.
The English FA confirmed yesterday it will not take any action against Walcott as his gesture was not offensive. However, the FA reminded Walcott of his responsibilities and said it will investigate the conduct of both sets of supporters.
A post on Facebook from Archer suggested Ahmed had suffered a concussion after being hit by a coin as he helped carry Walcott off, although it was not clear whether that was a serious comment.
Archer and Ahmed work for the London Ambulance Service but were hired by Arsenal for the match. Photos were posted of them helping off Walcott and the pair joked about the incident on the social networking site. Neither Ahmed nor Archer were available for comment.
Ahmed appeared to take the incident in good humour, posting under one photo: “Little does he (Walcott) know he has a Leeds fan and TWO spurs fans protecting him. We truly are professionals.”
An FA statement said: “The FA has contacted Arsenal and Tottenham to seek their observations in relation to objects being thrown from both a home and away section of the crowd at different times during Saturday’s FA Cup tie. The FA condemns any such acts and will liaise to identify those responsible and support the strongest sanctions available, including life bans.” –