Club bans captain after attack on fan

Non-league side Goole banned captain Karl Colley for life after he attempted to fight a visiting fan in the stands following a red card.

After Colley was sent off for a tackle on Coalville’s Cameron Stuart, video footage showed the 30-year-old defender make three attempts to confront a heckling fan, appearing to throw a punch at him on the second occasion.

The Football Association will reportedly look into the incident on Monday, while Goole wasted no time with their response:

"Straight after the game he was sacked," Goole secretary Andrew Morris told Press Association Sport. "This is one individual. I spoke to Coalville after the game and they said also it was one individual. This is a shame because we’re just a group of volunteers. It’s disgusting and embarrassing."

A statement on Goole’s website backed up what Morris said, adding: “After the deplorable incident at today’s home game against Coalville Town, we can confirm that the player responsible has been released by the club.

"We are a family club and incidents of this nature have no place in football and will not be tolerated at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds. The club acted quickly and decisively and released the player with immediate effect and as such the player in question will never play for our football club again. We apologize to each and every supporter at the game today and whilst as a club, we can’t legislate for incidents of this nature, we will not tolerate them from anyone."

The website also listed Colley’s number of past clubs, with Newcastle named as his first. Records show he made a number of friendly appearances for the Magpies.

Coincidentally, Colley’s disgraceful act came on the 19th anniversary of Eric Cantona’s infamous attack on a Crystal Palace fan, for which the Man United player was arrested and convicted for assault, as well as banned from world football for eight months.


Soccer referee survives real life version of “Angry Birds”

A linesman’s game day duties in Brazil got a little more intense than he expected last week. While trying to run up and down the sideline, he was treated to an unwelcome aerial attack.

During the Santa Catarina State Championship match between Navegantes and Inter de Lages, a bird suddenly began swooping on referee Maycon Vieira. The rather angry bird continued its attack, swooping over and over, causing Vieira to test his dipping, ducking and dodging skills while also trying to officiate the match.

Even after the swooping stopped, Vieira was probably checking over his shoulder every chance he could to make sure the bird wasn’t plotting any sneak attacks. It’s unclear was the bird was so angry about, but maybe he was a Inter de Lages fan and took offense to a call the linesman made? We’ll never know, but it sure provided an entertaining sideshow for the spectators.

(H/T Dirty Tackle)


Most soccer fans will remember the moment Sheffield Wednesday striker Paolo Di Canio went down in Premier League history for pushing over referee Paul Alcock.

Step forward Alakanideh Omega of Liberia, who took it upon himself to attack the referee and several officials after his country lost to Uganda. The video speaks for itself…

Via 101GG


Paolo Di Canio goes into furious rant at his own team

You’d think that with the season being over, it might be possible for Paolo Di Canio to finally take a nap.

Nope. Not so. Instead, the Sunderland manager launched an angry attack on the discipline of his team after Phil Bardsley was pictured laying on the floor of a casino covered in £50 notes.

Yes, we suggest watching the entire thing.

(H/T kckrs.com)


Who knew that vuvuzelas can hurt more than just your ears?

A referee in South Africa was attacked this Saturday by a pitch invader wielding the colorful, plastic horn that plagued all of us during the 2010 World Cup. Why? The man was so upset over a red card given out during the game (between Kaiser Chiefs and Golden Arrows) that he felt the need to run onto the pitch and hit him with his vuvuzela. That’s reasonable.

Fortunately, the ref didn’t get seriously hurt, and the invader was taken down after getting in just one solid whack.


Fan violence reared its ugly head in Latin America once again as Palmeiras supporters attacked club players at an airport following the team’s 1-0 Copa Bridgestone Libertadores loss to Tigre.

Prass had to be treated for cuts to his head and ear, but no one was seriously hurt in the altercation before the team’s return to Brazil. Palmeiras said three fans were detained in Argentina but were later released.

”They threw a cup at Valdivia and it hit me,” Prass said through his Twitter account. ”I got three stitches in the head and a cut in my ear.”


Michael Tonge’s goal earned Leeds a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday in a derby marred by an attack on Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

The home goalkeeper was shoved in the face in the aftermath of Tonge’s equalizer by one of several Leeds supporters who left their seats to invade the playing area.