Theo Walcott has avoided any bans or fines for his scoreline gesture toward the Spud fans in the Gunners 2-0 FA Cup victory at Emirates on Saturday.
The Arsenal forward gestured ‘2-0’ while being stretched off the field in retaliation for being pelted with coins from the unhappy Spurs fans.
Naturally the incident was over hyped and led to suggestions that The FA would intervene again after Wilshere’s rude gesture a few weeks back.
However Walcott has escaped punishment, but the Spud fans involved may not be so lucky with England’s football governing body stating they will be investigating the incident which could lead to life bans for the culprits.
The Football Association released the following statement on their official website:
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.
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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.
Meanwhile, in relation to the same fixture, The FA has contacted Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and reminded him of his responsibilities regarding a ‘scoreline’ gesture he made in front of away supporters during the game.
The FA will not be taking any further disciplinary action.
Arsene Wenger seemed unconcerned by Walcott’s reaction to the crowd, and revealed that Theo was indeed targeted physically, and not just verbally, by the distressed selection of crowd prior to his gesture to the traveling fans.
The Arsenal boss said after his side’s win at Emirates:
The doctors said to me that the coins had been raining over his [Walcott’s] head and they had to protect him, maybe that is why he did that.
Yes [the coins came before the gesture], that is what I have been told. After 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.
Good news then for the Gunners, however it appears that Walcott will miss some upcoming games anyway if the prognosis of his injury is as bad as is reported. The Englishman could potentially be out for up to four weeks, however we are still waiting on results of his scan.
Walcott rightfully avoided action from the FA, his gestures toward the Spuds faithful was minor and hardly offensive. Just reminding them of the score in case they’d forgotten. Quite helpful really, spot on Theo.
**UPDATE** Theo has been ruled out for up to six months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.