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A football fan allegedly tried to punch the Palace mascot - which is an eagle

Kayla, an American bald-eagle, was said to have been targeted after violence broke out
Kayla, an American bald-eagle, was said to have been targeted after violence broke out

A football fan has been arrested after he allegedly tried to punch Crystal Palace's mascot, police said.

Kayla, an American bald-eagle, was said to have been targeted after violence broke out at Palace's Capital One Cup match against Charlton Athletic at Selhurst Park on September 23.

A 34-year-old man, who allegedly attempted to punch Kayla, was arrested today on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage, Scotland Yard said.

He remains in custody at a south London police station.

Palace, who are known as The Eagles, have used Kayla as their mascot since 2010 and the bird flies around the stadium at every home game.

Six people were arrested across London and Kent on Wednesday in connection with the disorder which happened both inside and outside the ground, police said.

Zach Ellis, 20, of Clinton Road, Tower Hamlets, has been charged with assault by beating and bailed to attend Croydon Magistrates' Court on December 10.

Five other men, aged 16, 18, 21, 47 and 48, have been bailed until mid-January 2016.

Crystal Palace beat Charlton 4-1 to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, before they were knocked out by Manchester City.