Arsenal & Spurs to ban abusive fans

Tottenham and Arsenal are united in their determination to identify fans from both clubs who were guilty of offensive chanting during Sunday’s North London derby at White Hart Lane.

Spurs’ 2-1 victory over their bitter local rivals was overshadowed by abusive jeers from both sets of supporters.

Sections of the home crowd taunted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, while some away supporters were widely condemned for mocking the deadly gun attack on the Togo team bus in January 2010 which Emmanuel Adebayor survived.

Tottenham confirmed that several fans from both the home and away sections of the crowd were ejected from White Hart Lane during the game. In line with the club’s zero-tolerance policy on abusive chanting, they have also promised to ban any guilty party for life.

Arsenal, meanwhile, intend to work closely with their counterparts at White Hart Lane to root out the offenders.

A joint statement read: “Both clubs were extremely disappointed to hear the chants from supporters at Sunday’s game. Neither club tolerates foul language, racist chanting, homophobic chanting or any anti-social behaviour from its supporters. We shall be working closely with each other to identify the individuals involved.”

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