Arsenal have been charged by the FA for their inability to prevent a fan from invading the pitch at the Emirates during last Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United.
The Gunners went 1-0 up after a speculative swerving long-range effort from Granit Xhaka found the net thanks to some hesitant goalkeeping from David de Gea. And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it two in the 69th minute, after converting the penalty spot.
It was in the aftermath of this goal that the fan in question evaded security to run onto the pitch in an attempt to celebrate with the Arsenal players.
And, as revealed by the official spokesperson for the FA on Twitter, the club have now been charged with two breaches of regulations.
A statement read: “Arsenal FC has been charged with breaches of FA Rule E20(a)and (b).
“It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator[s] conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday [10/03/2019].
“They have until 22/03/2019 to respond.” The incident came after a far more serious instance of fan pitch invasion had occurred at St Andrews during Birmingham City’s derby clash with Aston Villa, where Villa playmaker Jack Grealish was punched from behind by said invader.
With that win, Unai Emery’s side leapfrogged United into fourth place in the Premier League with just eight games left to be played. There are now just four points separating Tottenham in third and Chelsea in sixth in the table, as the race for Champions League football heats up.