German admits throwing banana
A German teenager was responsible for the banana-throwing incident during Scotland’s clash with Brazil at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have said.
Brazil forward Neymar, who scored both goals in his side’s 2-0 win, complained after the match that he had been the victim of racist abuse, a claim strenuously denied by the Scottish Football Association and the Tartan Army fans’ organisation.
The banana was retrieved from the pitch by team-mate Lucas Leiva during the game.
An Arsenal statement read: "After consultation with the Metropolitan Police, Arsenal Football Club can confirm that a German teenage tourist has admitted throwing a banana onto the pitch during the Brazil v Scotland international friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday."
The banana was thrown from an area occupied by Brazil fans and the statement continued: "The youngster was sitting in the North Bank of Emirates Stadium, an area of the stadium which was occupied by the official allocation of tickets to Brazil supporters, when he threw the banana onto the pitch during the second half of the match.
"The Metropolitan Police is satisfied there was no racist intent and have confirmed that no further action will be taken."