Fan arrested for allegedly trying to punch Crystal Palace's bald eagle mascot

BY foxsports • November 20, 2015

A football fan has been arrested after he allegedly tried to punch Crystal Palace's mascot, police said.

Kayla, an American bald-eagle, was said to have been targeted after violence broke out at Palace's Capital One League Cup match against Charlton Athletic at Selhurst Park on Sept. 23.

A 34-year-old man, who allegedly attempted to punch Kayla, was arrested Friday on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage, Scotland Yard said. He remains in custody at a south London police station.

Palace, who are known as The Eagles, have used Kayla as their mascot since 2010 and the bird flies around the stadium at every home game. Six people were arrested across London and Kent on Wednesday in connection with the disorder which happened both inside and outside the ground, police said.

Zach Ellis, 20, of Clinton Road, Tower Hamlets, has been charged with assault by beating and bailed to attend Croydon Magistrates' Court on Dec. 10. Five other men, aged 16, 18, 21, 47 and 48, have been bailed until mid-January 2016.

Crystal Palace beat Charlton 4-1 to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One League Cup, before they were knocked out by Manchester City.



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