FOOTBALL: Spurs Executive Praises Fans' Behaviour
Tynan, Gordon, The Independent (London, England)
TOTTENHAM FANS "behaved impeccably" during Saturday's north London derby with Arsenal, according to Spurs' executive vice- chairman David Buchler.
Spurs supporters' groups have condemned the actions of a small minority who threw bottles at the Arsenal team bus from a nearby pub beer garden as it left White Hart Lane. But Buchler insisted that the behaviour of fans inside the ground was beyond reproach. "We did hear of some bottles coming from a local pub while the coach was leaving the ground and the police took immediate action and did an outstanding job," he said.
"There were three or four hooligans who were quickly dealt with by police but the majority, I would say 99.9 per cent, who were in the ground behaved impeccably."
During the game the Arsenal defender Sol Campbell, who agreed to join the Gunners from Spurs on a Bosman free transfer in the summer, was subjected to chants of "Judas" from the home fans and was allegedly struck by a plastic bottle while taking a throw-in.
"Saturday was an outstanding success for both clubs. It was an extremely good game, a very competitive game, although I would naturally say Spurs …
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