The incident occurred after the final whistle, when Ramsdale turned to the home fans and kissed the badge on his shirt, leading to Richarlison racing over to confront him. The altercation escalated as a Spurs fan jumped onto the advertising hoardings and kicked Ramsdale in the back as he retrieved his water bottle. Several players from both teams got involved before Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, ushered his team away to go over to the away fans to celebrate the win.
In post-match comments, Richarlison explained his actions, saying: “What I really didn’t like was their goalkeeper going to celebrate in front of our fans. It’s kind of disrespectful to our fans. He has his fans, he has to go celebrate with his fans, not be cute with our fans.”
Richarlison also expressed regret for shunning fellow Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli when he offered his hand prior to taking a corner. “I want to apologise to him,” he said, “he put his hand out and I didn’t, like it or not, he is my Brazil team-mate. This is part of it, it’s a derby, we were hot-headed.”
Tottenham released a statement after the game condemning the behaviour of the supporter, who attacked Ramsdale and confirming that they would be “working with the Met Police, Arsenal and Aaron Ramsdale to take the strongest possible action, including an immediate ban from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.”