A West Ham fan is in the hospital after he was stabbed outside White Hart lane ahead of West Ham’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
The Metropolitan police confirmed the report of a 35 year old man being stabbed in the abdomen before the 4 pm kick off on Sunday which was eventually won by Tottenham Hotspur 4-1.
The man is in hospital but is in a stable condition now. Both West Ham and Tottenham are cooperating with police to identify those responsible for the incident.
The incident occurred near the junction of White Hart Lane and Tottenham High Road. The Metropolitan police have also recovered a blade from the site.
Police on horseback were seen patrolling outside the ground prior to the match. Armed officers and several vans carrying riot police, dashing around with their sirens on were also seen patrolling the area ahead of the kick off.
What is shocking is that the incident took place in spite of heavy police presence; with the man sustaining minor injuries.
There has always been a history of trouble and spur of incidents during such fixtures between the fierce London rivals and the crowd for this particular game was just under 36,000.
Meanwhile, in a match that saw Tottenham move within two points of top four thanks to their victory against West Ham, the Spurs now remain unbeaten since the opening game of the Barclays Premier League season.
Harry Kane and Co swept aside a West Ham team who have beaten the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Crystal Palace on the road this season. But on Sunday West Ham was no match against the fierce Tottenham.
Harry Kane’s two goals, Toby Alderweireld’s header and Kyle Walker’s late strike was enough to beat their London rivals whose only consolation was a goal by Manuel Lanzini.
Tottenham next plays against Chelsea in the Premier League without midfielder Dele Alli after he was cautioned, a touch harshly, for coming to Kane’s rescue during a childish dispute with West Ham skipper Mark Noble. Ryan Mason will come as Alli’s replacement.
A broken man after his team’s defeat, Slaven Bilic admitted, “There are no excuses”.
MATCH FACTS and PLAYER RATINGS:
Tottenham: Lloris 7; Walker 7, Alderweireld 7.5, Vertonghen 7, Rose 7; Dier 7, Dembele 7; Son 7 (Onomah 85mins, 6), Alli 7.5 (Mason 71, 6), Eriksen 8; Kane 8.5 (Carroll 90, 6)
Subs not used: Vorm, Trippier, Townsend, Davies
Booked: Alli, Walker
Goals: Kane 23, 50, Alderweireld 33, Walker 84
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino 8
West Ham: Adrian 5.5; Jenkinson 5.5, Tomkins 5, Reid 5.5, Cresswell 6; Sakho 5.5, Noble 6 (Song 80, 5.5), Kouyate 6, Moses 5.5 (Zarate 63, 6); Lanzini 5; Carroll 4 (Jelavic 63, 6)
Subs not used: Ogbonna, Antonio, Spiegel, Oxford
Booked: Noble, Sakho
Goal: Lanzini 87
Manager: Slaven Bilic 4
Referee: Anthony Taylor