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Jordan Dunn, 22, facing 10-year ban and up to £5,000 fine

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The England Under-21 international scored the only goal of the game at Upton Park

Tottenham players and fans celebrate Eric Dier's late winning goal on his debut to sink West Ham

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Video: Tottenham fan breaks his arm after attempting to skate down giant 'A' outside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

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