Report: Police arrest man suspected of punching Crystal Palace mascot

Friday November 20th, 2015

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of punching Crystal Palace’s bald eagle mascot Kayla, reports The Croydon Advertiser.

The alleged incident occurred during Crystal Palace's 4–1 victory over Charlton on Sept. 23 at Selhurst Park. The man, a resident of Welling in the London borough of Bexley, was arrested by police on Friday morning on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage. He remains in custody at a police station in South London.

Kayla, an American bald eagle, flies around before each of Crystal Palace’s home matches and has been the team’s mascot since 2010. When not at Crystal Palace’s games, the mascot resides at the Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation in Eynsford, Kent.

Earlier in the week, police in London and Kent made six arrests tied to an investigation into violent disorder during and after the Sept. 23 match, according to The Croydon Advertiser.

Crystal Palace is set to host Sunderland on Monday. 

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