In a football world, anything can possibly happen. No exception for the conflict between players and fans. Whether because of the players’ performance or other problems, these conflicts often lead to violence.
Footchampion will summarize several moments when a player attacks a fan.
There was a incident in the Manchester derby in 2009. A fan entered the field and interrupted the match before being finally arrested by the officers. Craig Bellamy took part in the action. When the officer had arrested the fan, he was seen throwing several punches.
Eventually, the match was won by Manchester United with a score of 4-3.
- Jamie Carragher
January 2002 was a year that was quite frustrating for Jamie Carragher. During the match against Arsenal in the FA Cup competition, he was thrown with a coin by the audience. Feeling offended, Carragher threw back the coin. Apparently, this incident was part of fan’s protest over Dennis Bergkamp’s red card due to stepping on Carragher. Carragher then received a red card from the referee and a warning from the FA disciplinary commission. It was reported that there were spectators who were injured due to a that coin incident..
- Alan Smith
Alan Smith is known as an aggressive player. He has even got 8 red cards when he was 23 years old. In 2003, Smith, with Leeds United, accidentally attacked his own supporters at the match against Manchester United in the League Cup. The incident began when a supporter threw a bottle at a Manchester United’s Chris Eagles. Smith, who saw the incident, was annoyed and threw back the bottle to the same supporters. Unfortunately, the bottle hit another Leeds United supporter instead. Alan Smith was arrested by the police for the action. The victim had also been rushed to the hospital to get treatments.
- Eric Cantona
The match against Crystal Palace gave Cantona a special memory. An incident began when Cantona got a red card for kicking Crystal Palace player named Richard Shaw. When Cantona was walking out of the field, a Crystal Palace supporter named Matthew Simmons said some harsh words against him. He insulted the French man with inappropriate words. Cantona was angry and throw a kung fu kick towards Simmons. As a result, Cantona had to pay a fine of 200 thousand euros and was banned from playing for nine months.
- Patrick Evra
Patrick Evra, kicked Olympique Marseille supporters when he warmed up before undergoing a match against Vitoria SC in 2017.
Apparently, the supporter jeered to Evra. After picking a quarrel, Evra threw a kicked towards the nosy man. As a result of the incident, Evra was banned from playing in European competition until the summer in 2018 and his contract with Olympique Marseille was stopped.
- Peter Schmeichel
The legendary goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, has also been involved in an incident with a supporter. This time, the victims are Galatasaray fans. A host supporter who entered the field in the Champions League match triggered the United keeper to take action. Schmeichel had gripped the supporter before throwing him to the sidelines.
- Esteban Alvarado
In 2011, there was a scene of a goalkeeper kicking a supporter who tried to invade the pitch. Esteban Alvarado kicked a supporter for trying to attack him from behind when the match had lasted 38 minutes at the Amsterdam Arena. The referee gave the goalkeeper a red card. But after a while, the penalty for this Costa Rica goalkeeper was taken back.
So, those are the lists of footballers who had experienced a conflict with a fan. How is it, football lovers? Please write your comments below and don’t forget to like and share…