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Man charged over throwing of Bale banana

ESPN staff
March 8, 2013

A man has been charged with throwing a banana on to the pitch at last Sunday's North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal.

Thomas Flint, 23, a carpenter, of Brantwood Gardens, Enfield, North London, will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on April 12, Scotland Yard said.

He is charged with throwing a missile on to the playing area, and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Flint, who is understood to be an Arsenal fan, is on bail.

During the Premier League match at White Hart Lane, which Tottenham won 2-1, Tottenham's Wales international Gareth Bale had a banana thrown at him from a section of Arsenal supporters.

Arsenal said on their official website that if the individual charged was found guilty, he would also receive a stadium ban from Arsenal Football Club.

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