Tottenham Supporters Pelted Their Own Fans During Theo Walcott Assault

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  The injured Theo Walcott of Arsenal makes a 2-0 gesture to the Tottenham fans as he is stretchered off the pitch during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on January 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Incensed Tottenham fans hurling missiles at Theo Walcott actually did more damage to their own supporters at Emirates Stadium, as Rik Sharma reports in the Daily Mail

The Arsenal forward infuriated Spurs fans by highlighting the 2-0 scoreline in their recent FA Cup clash, prompting a volley of coins to be thrown his way—most of which hit ambulance workers carrying Walcott off the pitch.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  A matchday steward holds a handful of coins that were thrown in the direction of Theo Walcott of Arsenal during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on January 4, 2
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As Sharma highlights, two of themAnthony Archer and Daniel Ahmed—were actually Spurs supporters, seemingly caught up in some friendly fire.

Ahmed posted on his Facebook account, via Sharma: "Little does he (Walcott) know he has a Leeds fan and TWO spurs fans protecting him. We truly are professionals."

Archer later added a comment, saying: "Can't believe our own fans!! Dan gets concussion and I end up with a dodgy knee! Cheers Theo!"

The ambulance crew were escorting Walcott off the field on a stretcher after the England international picked up an injury.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:   (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of image #460558025 with an alternate crop) Theo Walcott of Arsenal lies injured on the pitch during the Budweiser FA Cup third round match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Sta
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It wasn't until long after the final whistle when the severity of his knock was fully revealed.

The forward is now set to miss the rest of the season and the 2014 World Cup with a ruptured knee ligament, as reported by Jeremy Wilson and Matt Law of The Telegraph, providing a major blow to both Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson.

Despite his discomfort, the Arsenal man could not resist a sly dig at the away support and roused a fiery response from Spurs fans. Given the ambulance crew's allegiances, they did well to carry him off so quickly.

Walcott won't be receiving any fine for his provocations after the FA cleared him of any offence and simply "reminded him of his responsibilities," as Sharma reports.

They are, however, likely to take action over the coin-throwing from a section of supporters.

Sharma includes quotes from a statement made by the FA:

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 with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to identify those responsible and support the strongest sanctions available, including life bans.

Judging by these words, it seems a hefty fine is on its way, as well as some possible bans for supporters.