Tottenham fine beckons after flare incident

Tottenham Hotspur will face a fine in the wake of their 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday after a flare was thrown at linesman David Bryan, writes the Guardian.

Spurs’ win was overshadowed by the event that happened moments after Andros Townsend’s opener on 31 minutes. Two men from the visitors section of the stadium were arrested by West Midlands police over the incident, and the Football Association have branded it ‘unacceptable’ behavior and the club could now earn a fine.

Bryan continued to officiate the match after being struck with the missile, but the game was temporarily halted due to the amount of smoke covering the pitch.

An FA spokesman said: “The FA will investigate this matter, which is unacceptable. We will await the match official’s report and will be speaking to the clubs. Such incidents highlight the dangers of pyrotechnics being used in a football stadium.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was strong in his condemnation of the incident. “It’s not great to see and it should be avoided completely,” he said. “It touched the linesman and situations like this do not have a place in football. I sincerely hope that it doesn’t happen again.

Tottenham’s lead was doubled with a Roberto Soldado goal with little over 20 minutes remaining. Villas-Boas’ side now sit fifth in the Premier League table ahead of the visit of Hull City on Sunday at White Hart Lane.

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