Fans who threw coins at Walcott face life bans & police action

Theo Walcott 2-0 Gesture v Tottenham

The FA have confirmed in a statement that if any Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal fan who threw missiles on the pitch is identified they face prosecution.

While Theo Walcott will escape punishment for his innocuous gesturing to rival Tottenham Hotspur supporters during Arsenal's successful FA Cup third round tie at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, the FA indicated that they reminded the Englishman of his responsibilities while also appealing to both clubs in order to help identify those responsible who threw missiles on to the pitch.

Following Walcott's 2-0 signalling to the Spurs section, there appeared to be a handful of coins as well as plastic bottles thrown at him, however, according to an FA statement, missiles were also thrown from the Arsenal end and so both sets of fans will be looked into.

'The FA has contacted both Arsenal and Tottenham to seek their observations in relation to objects being thrown from both a home and away section of the crowd at different times during Saturday’s FA Cup tie,' the statement said.

'The FA condemns any such acts and will liaise with both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to identify those responsible and support the strongest sanctions available, including life bans.'

Speaking at the time about the subject of coin-throwing, manager Arsene Wenger said on the club's official website: 'the doctors said to me that the coins had been raining over his head and they had to protect him, maybe that is why he did that… what he did is not offensive. You look for every single incident, I can understand that, but it is an action that didn’t offend anybody.'

Since the FA announced their statement, neither club has responded.

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