Tottenham and Arsenal fans get into a bloody fight
FOOTBALL By Mirror | March 6th 2016
Supporters of Tottenham and Arsenal were involved in violent clashes on the streets surrounding White Hart Lane, ahead of Saturday's north London derby.
The fixture has been hit by crowd trouble in recent seasons, but events spiralled out of control even before the game, as supporters gathered ahead of the 12:45 kickoff.
Police officers were forced to intervene as supporters clashed, with one supporter seen with blood gushing from a head wound, while others were knocked to the floor.
Rival fans also taunted police and threw cans at horse mounted police, before officers began to engage as they looked to restore order.
The two sides met in one of most hotly-anticipated north London derbies of the Premier League era, with Spurs three points ahead of the Gunners as both pursue leaders Leicester and the title.
And ill-feeling has been growing between the rival supporters after incidents at both grounds in recent seasons, culminating in Arsenal fans ripping up hoardings and smashing seats after a Capital One Cup tie at White Hart Lane earlier this season, leading to the arrest of 10 supporters.
That was followed by Spurs fans appearing to trash toilets at the Emirates in a league fixture between the two in November.
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