Watching Arsenal lose to Tottenham Hotspur became too much for one Gunners fan in Fenland pub
A DRUNKEN Arsenal supporter assaulted a pub worker after seeing his team beaten on TV by their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Simon Matwij - dressed in a red team shirt as he watched the match at The Case pub in Wisbech - was abusive and aggressive when the opposition scored.
And after he failed to heed a request to calm down, Matwij slapped a barman’s face.
Staff threw him out of the pub and, while outside, Matwij punched a security officer from the nearby Horsefair Shopping Centre.
At an earlier hearing before Fenland magistrates, Matwij had admitted two charges of assault. After reading reports, the court gave him a one-year community order, with a 12-month supervision order, and an 80-hour unpaid work order.
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The court this week watched footage of the incident recorded on a mobile phone, showing him being ejected after the assault.
Matwij, 27, of Ennerdale Close, Feltham, was ordered to pay �50 compensation to both his victims and he must pay �85 costs.
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Scheherazade Haque, prosecuting said that during the Barclay’s Premier League match - which was won 3-2 by Tottenham after Arsenal threw away a 2-0 lead - Matwij had been very vocal as he cheered on the Gunners.
The licencee asked him to quiet down, but he explained that he was from London, and “that was how they were”.
Matwij did quieten down and apologised, but his behaviour continued and complaints were made by customers.
Ms Haque said that Matwij taunted Tottenham supporters in the pub and they reciprocated.
After further rowdy behaviour, Matwij was asked to leave. He was abusive to staff and slapped a barman in the face.
Pub workers called for assistance from the ShopWatch scheme and Matwij was removed.
He tried to get back to the pub, shouted at a security officer and punched him in the face.
Matwij told the court he was expecting to watch the rematch of the north London derby.