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A German teenager was responsible for the banana-throwing incident during Scotland's friendly with Brazil.

Arsenal confirm there was no racist intent behind missile

A German teenager was responsible for the banana-throwing incident during Scotland's international friendly with Brazil at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have announced. Brazil youngster Neymar, who scored both goals in his side's 2-0 win on Sunday, complained after the game he had been the victim of racist abuse. The Scottish Football Association and the Tartan Army fans' organisation later strenuously denied his claim. The banana was removed from the pitch by team-mate Lucas Leiva during the match. An Arsenal statement said on Tuesday: "After consultation with the Metropolitan Police, Arsenal Football Club can confirm that a German teenage tourist has admitted throwing a banana onto the pitch during the Brazil v Scotland international friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday." The banana was launched from a vicinity occupied by Brazil supporters and the statement continued: "The youngster was sitting in the North Bank of Emirates Stadium, an area of the stadium which was occupied by the official allocation of tickets to Brazil supporters, when he threw the banana onto the pitch during the second half of the match. "The Metropolitan Police is satisfied there was no racist intent and have confirmed that no further action will be taken."

Abuse

Neymar, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, made comments in his post-match interview claiming he had suffered racist abuse. He said at the time: "The entire stadium was jeering. This atmosphere of racism is totally sad. "We leave our country to play here and something like this happens." His claims were quickly denied by Tartan Army spokesman Hamish Husband, who said: "Racism has no place in the Tartan Army and if it did, it would be stamped out immediately because we are self-policing. "Any suggestion of racism from the Tartan Army, as far as I am concerned, is absolute rubbish." Scotland manager Craig Levein described his side's supporters as "a credit to their country" and Husband's argument was echoed by match commander Mark Sheeran, of Metropolitan Police, who said: "The Scottish fans' behaviour was first class. There were no issues at all inside the stadium." The SFA subsequently contacted the Brazilian Football Federation and the match organisers, Kentaro, to pass on Sheeran's comments and inform them of the Scotland supporters' unhappiness at the unfounded accusations.

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