25
Jan

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.

28
Aug

Celtic stun Shakhter in stoppage time to advance to Champions League group stage

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Somewhere, Rod Stewart is crying tears of joy.

Scottish champions Celtic will embark on yet another Champions League adventure after beating Shakhter Karagandy 3-2 on aggregate, advancing to the group stage in dramatic fashion.

After heading into Wednesday’s return leg down 2-0 to Shakhter, Celtic came back to equalize the tie on goals by Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras. Still level on aggregate heading into stoppage time, with the global exposure and millions of Euros that the Champions League offers on the line, a nervous home crowd longed for a hero. They got one in the form of James Forrest:

Understandably, Forrest’s stoppage-time goal sent Celtic Park into a frenzy. Manager Neil Lennon, well, he could hardly contain himself either:

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It’s drama and scenes like this that truly make soccer the best game in the world. Good luck to Celtic in the group stage. As for Shakhter, well, this one’s for the sheep.