SOME Arsenal fans in Uganda got themselves in police trouble yesterday after holding a victory ‘parade’.
The Gunners defeated Manchester United 3-2 with Eddie Nketiah’s 90th minute winner on Sunday, extending Arsenal’s gap at the top of the Premier League table to five points over Manchester City.
Ugandan newspaper The Monitor reported that police in Jinja, in the Eastern Region of the country, detained at least eight Arsenal fans who were holding a mock trophy parade on the city’s streets after the match.
The police were said to have intercepted the jubilant Arsenal fans who were driving in a convoy of about five vehicles as they attempted to move through the city.
Baker Kasule, who was part of the group, said a police patrol vehicle blocked their path and the officers ordered each of the fans into the police car.
“I don’t know what we have done but we were simply celebrating our victory over rivals Manchester United,” Kasule told The Monitor.
He added that the fans numbered over 20 and were from all across Jinja.
The regional police spokesperson James Mubi confirmed the arrest to The Monitor, explaining that eight Arsenal supporters were in custody.
“They were holding a procession and you all know that when holding any gathering or procession, you must get clearance from police,” he said.
“Seeking police clearance is also for your own good because there are people with ill-intentions, and not whoever dons an Arsenal jersey is a supporter.
“I’m in a police uniform, but I support Arsenal… We aren’t against Arsenal but what is inside, the intentions.”
Arsenal are heading towards their first Premier League title since the ‘Invincible’ 2003/2004 season when they won the trophy without losing any game.