Updates on FA's Flare Investigation from Aston Villa vs. Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday was marred by an incident that saw fans throw a smoke bomb onto the field. The smoke bomb hit a linesman, and the situation is currently being investigated by the West Midlands Police.
Police investigating the incident at the Villa v Spurs game earlier say they believe it was a smoke bomb thrown - two men are in custody— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) October 20, 2013
According to West Midlands Police, two men have been arrested in connection with the incident.
As seen in this GIF courtesy of Feint Zebra, the linesman was hit in the back by the thrown object, and it proceeded to smoke once it hit the ground.
Adam Aspinall of The Daily Mirror has an update on the legal proceedings against the men arrested after a smoke bomb hit a referee during the match between Aston Villa and Tottenham:
Two men arrested after an assistant referee was hit by a smoke bomb during a Premier League football match have been released on police bail.
The men, aged 25 and 47, were arrested after official David Bryan was struck by the missile which was thrown during the first half of play between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.
West Midlands Police said the pair have now been released on police bail, pending further inquiries.
Things could have gotten ugly, but luckily the linesman wasn't injured, according to police.
The FA confirmed the investigation, according to a statement released on Twitter, and it reaffirmed its stance against pyrotechnics being used by fans during matches.
An FA spokesman said: "The FA will investigate this matter, which is unacceptable." ...— The FA (@FA) October 20, 2013
"We will await the match officials' report and will be speaking to the clubs." ...— The FA (@FA) October 20, 2013
... "Such incidents highlight the dangers of pyrotechnics being used in a football stadium."— The FA (@FA) October 20, 2013
It was a huge victory for Spurs as they moved into a fourth-place tie with Manchester City in the EPL standings. Tottenham now trail Chelsea and Liverpool by just one point, and Arsenal by a mere three points for first place in the league.
The incident in question occurred following Tottenham's first goal of Sunday's match, which was scored by midfielder Andros Townsend in the 31st minute. It could have potentially been disastrous, but the linesman was able to escape catastrophe.
Spurs remained in control of the match following the opening goal, and they added to their advantage in the 69th minute when forward Roberto Soldado scored to put the match on ice.
The main headlines following Tottenham's win should focus on the squad's surprising run without Gareth Bale, but the irresponsible actions of some fans have unfortunately overshadowed that.
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