The Number 1 rule professional athletes must follow is about as simple as it gets, yet we see it broken way too many times:
Don’t. Hit. The fans.
Alas, the latest incident of an athlete getting into it with a fan comes courtesy of Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly. During a League One (Third Division) match at Brentford, the visitors looked to quickly re-start play with a throw-in when a home supporter chucked the ball rather forcefully at Connolly. The defender immediately lost his cool, visibly reaching into the stands to give him a slap in the face.
Though the referee took no action against Connolly at the time, we would be surprised if he doesn’t get a call from the Football Association. For his part, the culprit took to Twitter afterwards and tried to brush the whole thing off as much ado about nothing:
A total blown up incident at the game last night ! Handbags! We move on.— Paul Connolly (@AislPablo)April 9, 2014
Yeah, not so sure the FA will look at it that way.