10
Apr

Crawley Town defender in hot water after slapping fan

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:

Yeah, not so sure the FA will look at it that way.

24
Aug

Hoffenheim’s Salihovic converts PK, promptly gets sent off for slapping opponent

Hoffenheim’s wild affair against SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday produced a total of six goals as well as not one, not two, but three red cards.

The most bizarre sending off was undoubtedly drawn by Hoffenheim’s Sejad Salihovic. After converting a penalty kick in only the 9th minute, Salihovic and teammates celebrated right at the Freiburg goal, drawing the ire of SC goalkeeper Oliver Baumann and captain Julian Schuster. Salihovic then incredulously decided to slap Schuster in the face, for which the referee instantly went to his back pocket.

Hmm. Score a PK and get sent off right away, with barely ten minutes played. Interesting strategy, Cotton.

Here is the slap again in slow motion, because everything is better in slow motion:

Salihovic’s brain fart set the tone for a wild Saturday in the German league. A total of seven players were sent off in six matches, with Schalke’s match vs Hannover also supplying three red cards. Looks like a bunch of people woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

7
Aug

Slap sends opponent to the hospital, culprit apologizes

Emotions often boil over in sports, and even more so in games against rivals. But that should never be an excuse to send one of your opponents to the hospital — especially if he is your teammate on the national team.

But that’s what occurred in Ecuador’s version of “el Clasico” between  Barcelona and Emelec. After Barca lost the match, goalkeeper Maximo Banguero slapped Emelec captain Pedro Quinonez in the face, causing his national team colleague to convulse and nearly lose consciousness, according to Emelec officials.

Banguero, who walked away from the crime scene as if nothing transpired, quickly tried to save face with an apology after hearing Quinonez needed to stay a night in the hospital.

"I want to apologise sincerely to Pedro Quinonez, his family, the supporters, everyone," Banguera told a news conference late on Monday. "I was a bad loser. I am aware if there is a sanction, I will have to face it."

Barcelona and Emelec both stem from the country’s biggest and most populous city, Guayaquil, and have been at odds with one another for as long as we remember. Sadly, the slap attack is just one of the milder incidents that have marred the derby over the years. In 2006, Barcelona fans caused a massive riot in Emerec’s stadium, leading to 40 injuries and nine arrests. Just a year later, an 11-year-old Emelec fan lost his life after being hit by a flare.