Tottenham’s Richarlison apologises to Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli after refusing to shake his hand after a fiery north London derby – but continues to feud with ‘disrespectful’ Aaron Ramsdale following their post-match clash
- Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0 in a convincing north London derby display
- The game was tarnished after a fan kicked Aaron Ramsdale at full time
- Arsenal’s keeper was also confronted by Tottenham striker Richarlison
- He has called Ramsdale ‘disrespectful’ after celebrating in front of Spurs fans
Richarlison has labelled Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale ‘disrespectful’ after an altercation between the pair following Sunday’s north London derby.
The Gunners won 2-0, their first away win in the fixture since 2014, thanks to an own goal from Hugo Lloris and a classy outside-the-box finish from Martin Odegaard.
It was not without controversy though, as Richarlison confronted Ramsdale for celebrating in front of the home fans after the game and had to be pulled away by a steward.
Richarlison has continued to vent at Aaron Ramsdale after their post-game confrontation
It came just before the Arsenal keeper was kicked in the back by a Tottenham fan
The Arsenal man was then kicked in the back by a fan as he went to collect his water bottle, while Richarlison refused to shake his Brazil teammate Gabriel Martinelli’s hand as he felt the winger had been ‘diving’.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil after the game, Richarlison made amends with Martinelli but remained furious at Ramsdale, as he explained: ‘I’d like to apologise to Martinelli, I told him he was diving a lot, so I didn’t shake his hand.
‘What I really didn’t like was their goalkeeper going to celebrate in front of our fans . It’s disrespectful. He should go and celebrate with their fans, not be cute with our fans.
‘We know that at the time we tried to do our best, but we have to respect the other teams. He lacked respect there, and I went there to charge him.’
Richarlison also refused to shake Gabriel Martinelli’s hand after the north London derby
Arsenal won the game 2-0 and moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League
Ramsdale did taunt the Tottenham fans at full time as he cheered and stuck his tongue out at them, but the actions of both Richarlison and the pitch invader have been condemned by supporters from both clubs.
Gary Neville called the offending fan an ‘idiot’ on Sky’s commentary, while Richarlison was named ‘the biggest baby in the league’ on Twitter.
Aside from off-pitch antics, Sunday’s win was an important result for Arsenal that moved the eight points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of a tricky game against Manchester United, the only team to beat them so far this season, on Sunday.
Spurs remain fifth in the league after the loss and sit five points behind United, who have a game in hand.