An Arsenal fan has reportedly suffered a broken leg and a head injury after shocking footage showed the supporter falling from the top of the club’s ticket office during the European Super League protests outside the Emirates Stadium on Friday.
Gunners fans have gathered in their masses to protest the club’s role in the now collapsed Super League, with anger among supporters showing no sign of subsiding following a disastrous week for England’s Big Six.
Hundreds of protesters have congregated outside of the 60,000-seater stadium on Hornsey Road in Islington with fans of the club setting of flares while voicing their displeasure over the club’s current ownership.
The peaceful protests then took a shocking turn when footage showed one fan suffered a nasty fall from what appears to be the top of the ticket office, which is attached to the club’s stadium.
An Arsenal fan has reportedly suffered a ‘broken leg’ and a ‘head injury’ after falling from the top of the club’s ticket office during the European Super League protests
The stricken fan can be seen trying to get off the top of the Arsenal ticket office roof
Other fans, stewards and police officers watch on in horror as the fan slips and falls face-first
The protester cut his face and reports on Twitter claim he suffered a broken leg but there appeared to be no other casualties as a strong police presence kept fans calm – but they could not prevent the hordes failing to adhere to social distance measures.
The Metropolitan Police responding to the incident said the injury sustained from the fan was not life-threatening at this early stage and that no arrests have been made.
Some supporters were overhead planning to block the team buses arriving but the PA news agency understands the Arsenal players arrived earlier than normal, with the Everton squad arriving via a bridge on the opposite side of the stadium.
Headlines have been dominated by the failed attempt to form a breakaway league, in which twelve European heavyweights joined the JP Morgan-backed scheme that threatened to debilitate the football landscape.
The competition received widespread backlash from fans, pundits and even UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Arsenal among the six English participants to announce plans to withdraw from the ESL on Tuesday night.
However, fans remain unhappy following the episode, and have gathered outside the Emirates Stadium in a planned protest ahead of their game with Everton to call for owner Stan Kroenke to leave.
Arsenal fans have gathered outside the Emirates Stadium to call for their owners to sell up
Gunners fans are furious with unpopular owner Stan Kroenke amid the European Super League
The north Londoners were one of 12 clubs to sign up for the mega-money breakaway league
However, amid widespread backlash all six participating English clubs have withdrawn
Anger remains high among fans who want unpopular owner Stan Kroenke to leave the club
And Arsenal supporters have on Friday evening gathered outside the Emirates Stadium for a planned protest to voice their grumblings over the club’s role in the breakaway league, with calls for the unpopular owner to sell up in the aftermath of the farce.
Chelsea and Spurs fans also gathered outside their respective stadiums this week with discontent still palpable among supporters with owners seeking to restore broken relationships, having published apologies for the disastrous plot.
The Gunners are understood to have been architects behind the ploy alongside the American owners of Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Masses of supporters made their feelings about the controversial scheme known on Friday
Mikel Arteta’s side are set to play Everton in the Premier League on Friday evening
Fans up and down the country have voiced their concerns with the European Super League
However, Josh Kroenke – son of owner Stan – and Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham insisted the club was one of the last to join as the pair faced the music in a gruelling virtual Q&A with supporters on Thursday.
Venkatesham reportedly said: ‘Arsenal were not the authors of this proposal, despite what many think. On this project, the train was leaving the station. We made the decision to join. We made a bad decision, a terrible one.
‘Now we need to make good ones. I have been in touch with all the other 14 Premier League clubs to apologise for our part in this. We are working hard to rebuild our reputation.’
Kroenke Jnr also issued a grovelling apology during the stormy session and despite being asked to sell the club by prominent Arsenal Supporters Trust member Akhil Vyas, the American said that Kroenke Sports and Entertainment have no intention of leaving.
Josh Kroenke (L), son of owner Stan (C), faced the music in a grilling with fans on Thursday
Kroenke Jnr was told that the ownership did not understood English football and should leave
Another fan told the chief that supporters have ‘never trusted’ the current ownership
Supporters remain unconvinced despite Kroenke Jnr’s grovelling apology on Thursday
‘I echo Vinai’s comments,’ Kroenke Jnr said. ‘Leadership is about recognising when you are wrong, correcting and apologising. We asked ourselves, what is worse: a Super League or a Super League without Arsenal? We also asked ourselves, what do the fans want?
‘The global fan wants Arsenal against Barcelona as often as possible. English fans want to see more big matches, but you also still want your cold nights in Stoke. Now we need to build a bridge and we will.’
Kroenke confirmed that KSE — the owner’s Kroenke Sports Entertainment company — will foot the bill for all costs associated with Arsenal’s ESL flirtation, which will run into millions. He also vowed to consult fans should another, similar Super League proposal emerge.
Arteta described the furious fan reaction that triggered the collapse of the ESL plans as ‘probably the strongest message that has ever been sent in the football world’.
Asked if he found it embarrassing that Arsenal were involved, Arteta said: ‘My biggest concern now and my biggest aim is to get our people and our fans back towards the team and feeling proud of it.’