After Arsenal had already gone two goals ahead of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Cup third round North London derby contested yesterday, Saturday, Gunners forward Theo Walcott injured his knee, was stretchered off as a precautionary measure and was subject to a hail storm of coins and plastic bottles having sent a scoreline taunt toward the visiting Spurs fans (pictured above).
Ever since, there has been speculation that not only will the FA look into the incident, for it may fall under their scope for retrospective action for players who incite violence, yet the general consensus is that no action will be taken, despite the gesture remaining a sore spot for those who wear Lilywhite colours.
Post-match, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stated, as reported by The Independent: 'If the FA judge is it offensive what can I do but I don't think he will be in trouble. What he did was not offensive. He does not look aggressive, he is smiling.'
His rival coach, Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, focused not on Walcott's actions, but the reactions, saying: 'If they [Spurs fans] did that [throw missiles] it is a problem.'
Adding his backing to the side of Walcott, Tottenham legend and BBC Match of the Day anchor Gary Lineker, who returned an outstanding 67 Premier League goals from 105 matches, said: 'Walcott will not be punished for his gesture. I should think not. Cheeky reaction to insults and catapults is the best way for adults.'
Walcott will not be punished for his gesture. I should think not. Cheeky reaction to insults and catapults is the best way for adults.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 5, 2014