Police arrest two people after Chelsea vs Spurs EPL clash
Two men have been arrested after objects were thrown at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger from the away end at Stamford Bridge during the Premier League victory against Tottenham on Sunday.
The alleged incident took place in the 73rd minute of Chelsea’s 2-0 win, in which Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva scored for the hosts. The game was paused as the objects were removed from the pitch. Spurs have said they will work with Chelsea to review the footage and take appropriate action.
According to Sky Sports, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Two men have been arrested on suspicion of throwing objects from the stands during the Chelsea versus Tottenham Hotspur match at Stamford Bridge. They have been taken into custody.
“Enquiries, in conjunction with Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC, are ongoing to identify anyone else involved in throwing objects during the match.”
Speaking after the game, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel addressed concerns about player safety due to a perceived rise in recent incidents.
He said: “I’m not worried, but you are right. I sent the message to our fans - support us, we love to (have) them close to the pitch, we love a brilliant atmosphere (and) that they are not behind fences or nets.
“From there everybody needs to show respect. But in general, I'm not concerned. Right now I enjoy the atmosphere. If this is a new trend we need to act together to make sure that it stops as soon as possible, to protect the fantastic environment and unique atmosphere of England.”
In a similar fashion, an Everton fan was arrested after Aston Villa duo Lucas Digne and Matty Cash were hit by bottles thrown from the crowd while celebrating a goal on Saturday,.