Player fan fights are an unfortunate byproduct of football’s way with heightening tensions, and this weekend threw up a doozy in Goole captain Karl Colley’s somewhat amusing attempt at punching a Coalville Town fan.
We look back at ten more memorable player fan fights, from the shockingly malicious to the just plain stupid…
Playing for AC Milan in the Champions League at Celtic, the Brazilian goalkeeper took a light whap from a jubilant Bhoys fan and went down as if he’d been KO’d by Mike Tyson, quite laughably leaving the pitch on a stretcher.
The fan received a lifetime ban from Celtic Park, while Dida was charged by UEFA with breaching rules upholding “loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship”.
Rio Ferdinand/Joe Hart
The Manchester City goalkeeper intervened when a furious City fan attempted to take Ferdinand to task for celebrating a late Manchester United winner.
Ferdinand’s celebration was also rewarded with a coin to the head, the bloody aftermath of which is contained within…
As it turned out, Laird had had a relationship with the fan’s girlfriend and was alleged not to have treated her properly.
Not like the tender loving care you only get with a punch to the head on a football pitch…
Not as nasty as this sickening attack on the Steaua Bucharest defender by a “drug-fuelled football hooligan”, mind…
The AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper was sent off for a series of kicks on an unwanted intruder during a game against Ajax, but the red card was later overturned.
LA Galaxy fans weren’t happy about Becks swanning off on loan to AC Milan during the off-season, and they weren’t afraid to let him know it.
Becks was far from pleased to be called out in such fashion…