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Linesman signals Referee after bottle thrown at him during the Arsenal v Manchester

Linesman signals Referee after bottle thrown at him during the Arsenal v Manchester


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Linesman signals Referee after bottle thrown at him during the Arsenal v Manchester

Linesman signals Referee after bottle thrown at him during the Arsenal v Manchester United
league match at Highbury.
August 1986

Olley Alan
Sunday Mirror
London
Greater London
England

Media ID 21832945

© Mirrorpix

Fighting Supporters Violence 1986 Hostile


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EDITORS COMMENTS
In this print by Olley Alan, we are transported back to the intense atmosphere of a football match at Highbury in August 1986. The image captures a pivotal moment when a linesman signals the referee after being targeted with a bottle thrown from the crowd during the heated clash between Arsenal and Manchester United. The photograph encapsulates the raw emotions that often accompany such high-stakes encounters. The expressions on both players' faces reveal their shock and concern as they witness this act of violence unfold before them. The linesman's signal serves as an urgent plea for intervention, highlighting not only his personal safety but also emphasizing the importance of maintaining order within sporting events. This snapshot from the 1980s reminds us of how passionate fans can sometimes cross boundaries, allowing hostility to overshadow sportsmanship. It is a stark reminder that even in moments of fierce competition, respect for one another should always prevail. Olley Alan's skillful composition effectively conveys the tension and chaos present in that particular match. Through his lens, he immortalizes this significant incident, reminding us of both the dark side of football fandom and its enduring power to captivate our hearts and minds. As we gaze upon this powerful image from Memory Lane Prints, it serves as a poignant reminder that while sport can unite people across nations, it is crucial to remember that violence has no place within these sacred arenas.

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