Tottenham fan accuses Arsenal legend Perry Groves of inciting hate crime for celebrating Gunners goal in home end during North London Derby commentary duty

Tottenham fan accuses Arsenal legend Perry Groves of inciting hate crime for celebrating Gunners goal in home end during North London Derby commentary duty

Arsenal legend Perry Groves has been slammed by a Tottenham fan after catching him celebrating a Gunners goal during their 3-2 win against their bitter rivals. 

Spurs were handed an agonising defeat on Sunday afternoon as Mikel Arteta’s men continued their march for a first title since 2004 thanks to an own goal by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before Bukayo Saka and Kai Havertz made it 3-0 in the first half. 

Cristian Romero and Son Heung-min reduced the deficit but Ange Postecoglou’s side left it too little too late  as they were consigned to a ninth defeat of the Premier League season.

Arsenal players revelled in celebrations after getting one over their arch nemesis – and former Gunners star Groves also appeared to enjoy the win after being spotted celebrating one of the goals while working on commentary duty in the home end.

Groves played 205 times for Arsenal between 1986 and 1993, enjoying two first division triumphs before the start of the Premier League era, with the ex-winger scoring a total of 29 times.

The fan had filmed him celebrating a Gunners goal in the home end while on commentary duty for the North London Derby

Arsenal legend Perry Groves was accosted by a Tottenham fan after filming him celebrating a Gunners goal in the home end while on commentary duty for the North London Derby

The Gunners secured a vital 3-2 win over their rivals to continue their march for the title

The Gunners secured a vital 3-2 win over their rivals to continue their march for the title

Spurs fell short against Arsenal after going 3-0 down against the Gunners in the first half

Spurs fell short against Arsenal after going 3-0 down against the Gunners in the first half

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Now 59, Groves has recently been working for talkSport and was seen in the media section with a headseat on as he covered the match, with a fan filming him as he fist pumped the air after Arsenal had scored. 

The fan was raging on camera as he claimed Groves ‘went off’ after Arsenal scored and noticed another fan behind him taking issue with the former player and his co-host Alex Crook – adding: ‘That’s it mate, you tell him!’

The supporter then directed his ire at Groves and said: ‘You should be ashamed of yourself, you’re on the radio! You’ll cause a riot here. 

He then tried to get the attention of a steward and said: ‘You can’t do that, it’s dangerous. Can I have security please, I want to report a hate crime.’

The fan then grabs the steward, before pointing at Groves and says: ‘Excuse me, do you know that fella there? He shouldn’t be doing that.’ 

won the old First Division twice with Arsenal

He is a regular face on talkSport

Groves – who won the old First Division twice with Arsenal – is a regular face on talkSport 

Spurs are facing a battle to claim top four after the result, which boosts Arsenal's title hopes

Spurs are facing a battle to claim top four after the result, which boosts Arsenal’s title hopes

Groves then notices the fan and turns around – before the supporter says: ‘You shouldn’t be doing that Perry, that’s a liberty. Come on Perry. You’re live on the radio.’

Perry dismisses him and turns back around to watch the rest of the game before the footage captures a few more Spurs fans venting their anger at the presenter. 

The fan later gets his way as he convinces a steward to approach Groves to speak with him about his celebrations, with the man filming the video claiming ‘he’s got to go’.

The result leaves Arsenal top of the Premier League, one point above title rivals Manchester City, who have a game in hand over the Gunners – which will be against Spurs. 

They travel to north London on May 14 in what should be a pivotal game to decide who claims the Premier League crown.

Spurs, meanwhile, are now seven points adrift of fourth-placed Aston Villa, with their top four hopes hanging by a thread.

They do have two games in hand over Villa but those are tough matches against City and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  

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