During games, soccer players make mistakes and, frequently, get carded by the referee. First, a yellow “warning” card, then later a red “yer outta here” card. And what’s a player to do at that point? Leave the field, go to the parking lot, hop in your car and drive home, or maybe back onto the field to go after the referee. And yes, in the UK, that did happen this week.
Joseph Rimmer, 28, attempted to plough into referee David Harkness after being shown the red card while playing for Southport and District Sunday league team Lonsdale. The club were playing against rivals Harrington at council football pitches in Portland Street, Southport, on Valentine’s Day when trouble flared.
Liverpool crown court heard how after being sent off by Mr Harkness, Rimmer ran off the pitch and got into a car. He then drove his vehicle on to the pitches aiming for Mr Harkness. The referee was able to get out the way of the oncoming car and was not harmed in the incident.
But it is understood Rimmer then got out his car and shouted threats at him before driving away.
All we can say is that this guy ran naked (except for his black socks) out onto the field during the Scunthorpe United vs Manchester United game last week. Okay, he didn’t just streak . . . he trotted out onto the field holding his junk, taunting opposing fans, then goes the length of the field and before appearing to walk right into a waiting security guard. But no! He fakes the guard out and makes a mad dash for freedom, only to fall flat on his naked arse. An instant classic!
How do you keep fans from running onto the field? In the US we typically try and create barriers between the fans and the field. Sometimes they are structural, and sometimes they are of the “massive amount of security” kind. (Watch the video below of a dazed kid running out onto the field during the West Virginia/Marshall game earlier this year for an example.)
In the United Kingdom, they do have barriers and some security, but mostly they rely on penalties AFTER the fact. Like banning you FOR LIFE if you set foot on the grass. In some cases the Football Association will have you banned from any soccer field in the country–at any level–for a period of years. Even with those types of punishments, you still have guys like this idiot who not only ran onto the field, but went after an opposing player. To top things off, as he left the field, a second fan got into it with him and that guy got arrested (and possibly banned from the field) as well.
Here in the States, drunken fans who run onto the field will likely get their own reality show on FOX.
Millwall will ban for life the hooligan fan who chased Watford’s Lloyd Doyley around the pitch yesterday – while another Lions supporter has been arrested for attacking the pitch invader, writes Alistair Grant. The first fan, a member of the armed services, invaded The Den pitch and pursued the right-back Doyley, who ran in the opposite direction before the supporter was bundled off the pitch by a steward and Lions striker Neil Harris. The man then scuffled with security staff and other Millwall fans, including a 41-year-old man who has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Millwall said the first fan will be charged with entering the field of play and is set to be banned for life.
Remember last November when that Chinese TV network did it’s own re-enactment of the Tiger Woods Thanksgiving SUV wreck using animation? Well, apparently the Taiwanese don’t want to be outdone, so they’ve done their own animation re-enactment of the current scandal involving UK soccer star Wayne Rooney who allegedly had sex with a prostitute while his wife was pregnant. As funny as that part of this mildly NSFW video is, we were most amused by the section showing Rooney at a farm kicking a soccer ball and missing the broad side of a barn, in reference to his recent inability to score anything resembling a goal.
Being attacked by an angry mob of opposing fans following a close game would be frightening for almost anyone . . . except Clint Hill, 27 of the Crystal Palace team which managed to a tie with home team Sheffield last week. As Hill walked off the field, a mob of Sheffield fans confronted him before police and security forces could intervene. His response to the rowdy crowd? Take a few punches and throw a few back. Seems actually kind of sporting that way, doesn’t it?
Violence erupted at a Championship final-day clash yesterday – as fans stormed the pitch and attempted to beat up one of the players. Hundreds of rival supporters spilled on to the turf after the final whistle, as Crystal Palace dumped home team Sheffield Wednesday into the First Division at Hillsborough.
Palace star Clint Hill, 27, was chased into the tunnel by furious Owls fans as his team celebrated avoiding relegation themselves with a 2-2 draw. He claimed they landed “a good few” punches. Hill managed to reach safety just in time as the mob tried to force their way in. Police managed to push back the supporters. Hill said afterwards: “I know they are frustrated but should they be throwing punches at people? A good few landed and I am a big lad and can take them. But should they be throwing them?”
Not only do the authorities prefer that you take your own driving test, they will actually have you arrested if you send someone in your place to take the written part. Even in the UK where the rules of the road seem to be made up on the fly as you go.
At right, a picture of the offender, Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia, who already seems comfortable wearing stripes, so prison shouldn’t be a big change for him.
Wigan Athletic footballer Charles N’Zogbia has been arrested over allegations that someone else completed the written part of his driving test. He was held on suspicion of causing fraud by false representation as he turned up at Sale Driving Test Centre in Greater Manchester on Wednesday. The French winger, 23, was at the centre to sit the practical part of his test when he was arrested, police said. He has been released on police bail until 3 June.