Dele Alli: Tottenham player hit on the head by bottle during Carabao Cup tie v Arsenal

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Dele Alli: Tottenham player hit on the head by bottle during Carabao Cup tie v Arsenal
Dele Alli was struck on the head by a plastic bottle which was thrown by a supporter in the home section of the Emirates Stadium

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was struck on the head by a plastic bottle thrown from the crowd during the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Arsenal.

The 22-year-old was hit near the touchline as Arsenal prepared to take a throw-in during the second half at Emirates Stadium.

He reacted with a 2-0 gesture to fans – referencing the scoreline at the time.

Arsenal have told BBC Sport they are already examining CCTV to find the person who threw the bottle.

Alli had earlier scored the second goal and Spurs went on to reach the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory.

Wednesday’s incident follows a banana skin being thrown towards Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Premier League match between the sides at the same venue on 2 December.

The Spurs fan responsible was fined and banned from football for four years on Tuesday.

BBC Radio 5 live pundit Dion Dublin, who was co-commentating on the game, said: “It’s sad to see. It’s mindless. Why would you do that?

“It must have had water or something in it to reach Dele Alli. Why would you risk being idiots?

“Just support your club, don’t do ridiculous things like that.”

When asked about the incident after the game, Alli told Sky Sports: “It is what it is. It made the goal a bit sweeter and the win.”

Dele Alli gestures 2-0 to the area of fans from which the bottle was thrown
A steward at the stadium can be seen removing the bottle from the field of play

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