Arrests after flare hits linesman

West Midlands Police say they have made two arrests after an assistant referee was struck by a flare during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park. The FA has said it will investigate.

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Linesman struck by flare during Villa-Spurs match

An assistant referee has been struck by a flare fired from the away section during the first half of the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park.

David Bryan was hit by the flare as Spurs fans celebrated the game's opening goal, which was scored by England winger Andros Townsend in the 31st minute.

Replays showed assistant referee David Bryan being struck in the back of the neck by a flare fired from the away section. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Mr Bryan was seen grimacing amid the blue smoke as Tottenham fans turned to see the culprit. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Spurs defenders Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen checked on the official and the game resumed shortly afterwards. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

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