19
Apr

Blackpool coach sent to stands after hitting his own player

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In a matter of just three years, Blackpool have gone from a Premier League side to possibly dropping to England’s third division. And after just two wins in their last 25 Championship games, tempers are beginning to boil over at the crisis-stricken club.

During the opening minutes of Friday’s game against Burnley, angry fans tossed dozens on dozens of tennis balls onto the pitch in protest, temporarily delaying the match. Signs asking for the removal of club chairman Owen Oysten littered the stands. And to top it all off, assistant coach Bob Malcolm was sent to the stands in the second half after smacking one of his own players.

Malcolm appeared to take offense at something substitute Steven Dobbie said, and in response struck the forward before promptly receiving his marching orders from the officials.

Check out the slap:

Things are quickly going from bad to worse for Blackpool, who after the 1-0 loss to Burnley now find themselves in the relegation zone with three matches to play.

Image provided by Reuters.

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.

28
Mar

Last-second penalty triggers player riot in Copa Libertadores

Thursday night’s Copa Libertadores match between Independiente del Valle and San Lorenzo ended on an ugly note when riot police had to rush the pitch to stop players from attacking the referee.

The commotion was sparked when a last-second penalty was awarded to Ecuadorian side Independiente. The Argentinian visitors San Lorenzo were clinging to a 1-0 lead. Once Junior Sornoza converted from the spot for an improbable, last-gasp point, the livid San Lorenzo players swarmed around the match officials, forcing riot police into action.

The impact of the penalty decision can’t be understated. Due to the late equalizer, the two sides now both sit on five points in their Copa Libertadores group, with just one match-day remaining. A win would have given San Lorenzo a good chance to advance to the next round, but the draw kept them behind Independiente in last place.

H/T Pies

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.

12
Dec

Fight breaks out in Europa League match

Anyone who said the Europa League is a meaningless competition clearly forgot to tell Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and Ukrainian squad FC Chornomorets Odesa.

With a shot at the round of 32 on the line, things became awful chippy between PSV’s Santiago Arias and Chornomorets’ Sito Riera late in the game.

As seen in the video, Arias gives Riera a less-than-friendly shove out of bounds. This sends Riera over the edge, in more ways than one. The winger charges Arias, shoving him and then popping him with a kick for good measure.

This overreaction starts a minor brouhaha, resulting in a yellow card for PSV’s Adam Maher to go on top of Riera’s red.

That wasn’t the only assault that took place in Thursday’s Europa League action. During an earlier match between St. Gallen and Swansea City. Look at that adorable girl just viciously attack that pretzel. It never stood a chance:

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The scene calls up shades of one George Costanza:

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Unabashed eating. Gotta love it.

12
Nov

Soccer player punches opponent, gets away with it (Part II)

Ethiopia international and Kaizer Chiefs defender Morgan Gould punched an opponent in the face this weekend — right in front of the referee — and got away with it!

Gould was covering Bidvest Wits attacker Getaneh Kebede 1-on-1 when he suddenly threw a left hook, flooring Kebede immediately.

Despite his attack being so blatantly vicious, and with the referee just a few yards away, Gould was only shown a yellow card! The knockout has sent South Africa into an uproar and forced the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to look into the matter.

Though we’re fairly certain there’s no need for a thorough investigation here, Gould attempted to make his case in an unintentionally hilarious tweet:

For some reason, we don’t believe him.

If it seems like it was just a week or two ago that we showed you another clip of a player staging his own fight night on the soccer pitch — and getting away with it — you’re right. This happened only two weekends ago, and in this case the culprit got completely off the hook:

What is going on these days!?

H/T Pies

6
Nov

Amsterdam hooligans ambush Celtic fans in pub ahead of Champions League match

Video footage has been unearthed showing around 50 Ajax hooligans ambushing a group of Celtic fans in an Amsterdam pub the night before their Champions League match. The footage was recorded by an eye witnesses from a window.

The group of thugs, all wearing coats with their hoods drawn, began banging on the pub’s windows, and you can see one Celtic fan turn towards them moments before he gets attacked from the inside.

The gang quickly fled away from the scene, but according to reports, nine arrests have been made by Amsterdam police. It is believed the hooligans targeted the pub knowing Celtic fans would be inside.

H/T 101GG

2
Nov

Player punches opponent, somehow gets away with it

Could you hear that punch?

It’s hard to imagine that anybody who was at the scene did not. Incredulously, the match officials for a semi-pro game in England’s Northern League neither saw nor heard Birtley player Mark Brereton’s right-handed haymaker smack against the face of Heaton Stannington’s Paul Blakely.

Blakey was soon rushed to a local hospital with a suspected broken jaw, while Birtley’s manager was able to substitute Brereton off following the referee’s failure to react to the shocking assault.

From Sky Tyne and Wear:

Brereton immediately walked off the pitch but instead of being sent off the officials allowed him to be substituted as none of them had seen the incident.

Heaton Stannington assistant manager Geoff Walker said: “Their coach apologised on the lad’s behalf but I said if it was one of our lads he wouldn’t kick a ball for us again.

“The officials have come up to us at the end and said they didn’t see it but I think there is plenty here that did see it.”

At least karma got the better of Brereton and his side. Heaton Stannington went on to win the match 3-0.

H/T 101GG

26
Oct

Five players sent off in massive brawl at end of Argentinian match

Ah yes, the Argentinian league is always such a fun, family-friendly affair.

In what unfortunately is too common of an occurrence — last week, a brawl broke out between Boca Juniors and Godoy Cruz — two Argentinian club teams came to blows at the end of a league match, resulting in five red cards.

Arsenal de Sarandi were playing Gimnasia on Saturday with a chance to close in on league leaders Newell’s Old Boys, but after blowing a lead in the second half and with time ticking away, Arsenal’s players grew frustrated by the opposition’s apparent time-wasting. In stoppage time, tempers boiled over when Gimnasia refused to give Arsenal possession back after a punctured ball had to be replaced on the sideline.

Arsenal thought this was bad sportsmanship leading to the brawl. In the end, two of Arsenal’s players and three Gimnasia players were sent off for their part in the carnage.

From PA Sport:

The match finished in heated fashion after a dispute about the state of the ball and what the home side saw as time-wasting.

The referee was forced to halt the match as police came on the pitch to attempt to break things up, and in the end Damian Perez and Nicolas Aguirre for Arsenal were sent off, as well as Gimnasia’s Ariel Garcia, Franco Mussis and Ricardo Diaz.

Could be worse, though. Imagine if that crazy referee from Kuwait was in charge of this match!

H/T Dirty Tackle

25
Oct

Kuwaiti soccer ref throws punch, kick then sends off bevy of players

The Kuwaiti Premier League is no place for bullies.

The violent scene from Al-Arabi against Al Nasar, where a group of enraged Al Nasar players took special exception to a penalty being called, can attest to that.

In an effort to presumably change the referee’s mind, Al Nasar players crowd around the official in a furor. It should be noted that we have no recollection of this type of persuasion ever being effective, but let’s continue.

To his credit, the ref does what he can to pacify the situation before finally snapping. He reels off what appears to be a left-handed jab that grazes No. 11 of Al Nasar. The player, probably acting on soccer instinct, falls to the ground like Mike Tyson just stuck him with a haymaker.

As tensions continue to escalate, No. 11 makes a miraculous recovery and resumes confronting the ref, who throws a kick quick at the player before remembering he literally holds a trump card for this situation.

The referee begins doling out red cards like he’s playing blackjack, managing to even send a Sheikh to the stands before it’s all said and done.

Finally, in the ultimate display of sportsmanship, Al Nasar’s No. 9 drills the ball at the referee following Al-Arabi’s successful penalty attempt.

No. 9 was shown red, but escaped any physical punishment.

(h/t WhoAteAllThePies)