Pensioner arrested for throwing banana at referee


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A 74-year-old man was arrested after allegedly throwing a banana at the referee during last night's game between AFC Wimbledon and Port Vale.

The elderly Wimbledon fan was interviewed by police following the bizarre incident, which was not thought to be racially motivated.

Port Vale fought back from two goals down to earn a draw and protect their status as League Two leaders. The Dons had taken the lead through a Jack Midson double but were pegged back by strikes from Daniel Jones and Tom Pope.

'We saw the banana thrown on to the pitch and then reviewed television coverage,' football intelligence officer Sam Cunningham told This Is Staffordshire.

'It appears a supporter was angered by a decision by the referee and aimed a banana at him. It was not aimed anywhere near any player.'

Referee Graham Stott was unharmed by the incident.