There were shocking scenes after Arsenal beat bitter rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the North London Derby.

As tensions boiled over at full-time, a fan jumped on the hoarding and kicked Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale, The Sun reports.

The incident occurred as Ramsdale bickered with Spurs man Richarlison at the end of the game.

The Brazilian forward angrily pushed Ramsdale in the side of the head.

That prompted a steward to lead Ramsdale away to the edge of the pitch before a fan in the Spurs section disgracefully kicked the England goalie.

Players from both sets of teams then ran over to try and diffuse the situation.

Ramsdale was led away from in front of the Spurs stand by Arsenal teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta then took over, dragging his goalie towards the travelling supporters.

There were wild celebrations in front of the Arsenal fans as Arteta and Co went eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

When asked about the incident by Sky Sports, Ramsdale said: “The Spurs fans were giving me some (stick) throughout the second half.

“I gave them some back, which to the few people I did it to it was probably well greeted, you know, sportsmanship like.

“Then a fan tried to jump over and gave me a little punch on the back.

“That’s what happened and it’s a shame because it’s just a game of football at the end of the day.”

He added: “I think both sets of players tried to bring me away and thankfully nothing actually happened to drastically.

“It’s a sour taste but I’m sure we’ll enjoy it when we go back in the dressing room.”

A PFA statement after the game condemned the incident.

It said: “Violence towards players is completely unacceptable. These types of incidents are happening far too often.

“Players have a right to be safe in their place of work.

“When a player is attacked we expect the laws and regulations that are in place to protect them to be properly enforced.

“As the players’ union we treat this as a priority issue.

“We will be continuing to work with the authorities to demand that players and staff are better protected in their place of work.”

Tottenham defender Eric Dier also brandished the kick as “unacceptable”.

He told Sky: “Obviously it’s just unacceptable really.

“There’s nothing more I can say other than it’s unacceptable and it shouldn’t have happened.”

Football pundits were outraged over the incident, with many calling for the fan to be banned for life over the “utterly disgusting” act.

During the match a Hugo Lloris howler saw Arsenal take the lead, before Martin Odegaard added a second with a gorgeous strike from range.

Spurs improved after the break, but not enough to salvage a result against their table-topping neighbours.

– This article first appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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