• Players’ union clear nothing on pitch can justify such conduct
  • It asks police, leagues and governing bodies for urgent help

The Professional Footballers’ Association has made clear “nothing that happens on the pitch justifies a spectator attacking a player” after Aaron Ramsdale was kicked at the end of Sunday’s north London derby.

The Arsenal goalkeeper was criticised in some quarters, including by the Spurs striker Richarlison, for kissing his club’s badge and sticking his tongue out at rival fans after his team’s 2-0 win.

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