Arsenal fans were caught ignoring social distancing rules on Saturday night after their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.
The Gunners beat their London rivals 2-1 in a comeback win at Wembley thanks to a brace from club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
After the match, Arsenal supporters gathered on the streets of north London to celebrate the victory and were caught singing and singing very close to each other despite calls from the government to stay at least one meter from each other.
Arsenal fans were seen flouting social distancing rules on Saturday after their FA Cup victory
Gunners fans launched flares and chanted near each other on Saturday night
Fans drank late into the night while celebrating their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea
Supporters also launched flares near the Gunners’ home ground, Emirates Stadium, while some fans were seen jumping up and down on a bus without wearing face masks.
Government rules state that it is illegal not to wear a face mask while on public transport.
Arsenal fans have also climbed to the top of streetlights in the North London area, singing popular songs about their team and their rivals.
Police were present during the celebrations, with an Arsenal supporter seen hugging an officer amid all the joy.
Video footage also caught Arsenal fans jumping on a London bus without a face mask
Club supporters also gathered outside the Emirates Stadium to celebrate the victory
Police attended the celebrations with a supporter hugging a patrolling officer
Fans were not allowed into Wembley for the final, which was held behind closed doors
Saturday’s FA Cup final was held behind closed doors due to the global coronavirus pandemic, meaning Arsenal supporters were unable to witness the cup final victory In the stadium.
The north London club normally hold a trophy parade for supporters the day after a trophy is won, but current health risks mean such an event is not possible this year.
A fan channel associated with the club, AFTV, was also seen flouting social distancing rules during a live reaction video.
Club fan channel AFTV also disobeyed social distancing rules during a live reaction video
The channel arranged for a large group of supporters to watch the final in a public viewing area and were seen jumping on top of each other while celebrating an unauthorized goal in the final.
Wembley’s victory saw Arsenal win the FA Cup for the 14th time – more than any other club in the history of the competition.
Chelsea took the lead after just five minutes thanks to a smart finish from Christian Pulisic after a good job from former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in the final with a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
It’s the 14th team the Gunners have lifted in the FA Cup, it’s also their fourth in seven years
But Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta knocked Aubameyang into the penalty area later in the first half and the Arsenal captain rose to score the kick.
Aubameyang then turned the game around in the second half after a clever chipped finish during a quick counterattack from the Gunners.
It was enough for Mikel Arteta’s side to beat Chelsea, who had sent off Mateo Kovacic late for two bookable offenses.
This is Arsenal’s first trophy victory since 2017, when they beat the Blues by the same score in this season’s FA Cup final at Wembley. The Gunners have won the FA Cup four times in the past seven years.
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