Emirates teenager takes aim, and offence, at cabbie wearing Spurs hat.
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Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has accepted a police warning for attempting to spit on a taxi driver who was wearing a hat of Arsenal’s main rivals Tottenham.
Brian Spencer, 61, said that the behaviour of the 19-year-old England star was “the worst I’ve ever seen in my 38 years as a cabbie.”
The incident happened during an alcohol fuelled night out in London’s West End outside a lap-dancing club, with Spencer saying he refused to take Wilshere as a client because he was too drunk.
According to Spencer, Wilshere then attempted to spit through an open window but missed, hitting the window instead.
“I had no idea who he was. He pointed to my cab and said, ‘You’re f***ing taking us’. When I told him he was too drunk he got even more aggressive,” Spencer told the Sunday Mirror.
“He was looking at my Spurs hat and there was real hate in his eyes. Fortunately his friends pulled him away before it got really violent.
“Wilshere’s behaviour is the worst I’ve ever seen in my 38 years as a cabbie. No one deserves to be spat at because of the team they support.”
A spokesperson for the Wilshere family responded by saying: “Jack is only 19 and adjusting to life in the spotlight. He realises his behaviour was wrong and he is full of remorse.”
Arsenal added in a statement: “Jack apologises for his actions and understands his behaviour was unacceptable. We take this matter seriously and it has been dealt with internally.” (Yahoo Europsport)
To be fair this sounds like the kind of thing that drunk teenagers are prone to doing. The fact that the taxi driver was wearing a Tottenham hat may not have had anything to do with the incident, after all if your drunk enough to start spitting at people you are probably too drunk to notice what head-wear someone has on.
Clearly however it is still not nice to be spat at and the whole “adjusting to the spotlight’ excuse will wear thin after a while but the youngster doesn’t seem like a malicious type so hopefully he will mature into a future England legend both off and on the field.