Arsenal charged by FA for pitch invader

A fan runs onto the pitch and attacks Chris Smalling- The incident occurred during Arsenal's win over Manchester United

A fan runs onto the pitch and attacks Chris Smalling- The incident occurred during Arsenal's win over Manchester United

Arsenal will face a Football Association charge for the behaviour of their supporters in Sunday's Premier League match at home to Manchester United.

This is coming after the Gunners defeated Rennes 3-0 in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg tie on Thursday night at Emirates.

Shortly before Aubameyang scored a penalty, he seemed to briefly confront Smalling after making physical contact and then went on to celebrate with the Arsenal players.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the man was later arrested.

And, as revealed by the official spokesperson for the FA on Twitter, the club have now been charged with two breaches of regulations.

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The FA have alleged that Arsenal failed to ensure their fans conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the match, which ended in a 2-0 victory for Unai Emery's side. The incident came after a far more serious instance of fan pitch invasion had occurred at St Andrews during Birmingham City's derby clash with Aston Villa, where Villa playmaker Jack Grealish was punched from behind by said invader.

While in Scotland, Rangers captain, James Tavernier was attacked at Hibernian.

England's main football authorities have released a joint statement condemning the "reprehensible" behaviour seen at Birmingham and Arsenal last weekend.

'We will be working closely with the Metropolitan Police in their investigation. Our matchday staff receive ongoing training on managing incidents such as this'.

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