Luckily, nobody was seriously hurt, though that doesn’t excuse the craziness that occurred during the first half at Villa Park.
Just past the 30-minute mark, assistant referee David Bryan was hit just below the neck by a smoke bomb lobbed from the Tottenham supporters’ section — an incident that’s already sparked an investigation from England’s Football Association. The device, thrown from the Doug Ellis Stand after an Andros Townsend goal, hit Bryan between the shoulder blades, and while there was a momentary pause in play as he was treated by medics, Bryan was not injured.
Via Twitter, West Midlands police announced the arrest of two men in connection with the incident.
In England, possession of a smoke bomb at a football stadium carries a maximum sentence of three months. So these two idiots can kiss their Guinness goodbye for a while.