Crawley Town player Paul Connolly is the subject of an investigation after he appeared to slap a fan during their away match at Brentford’s Griffin Park.
After the ball went into the stands and out of play, the Brentford fan appeared to fling the ball hard at Connolly, who then approached the stands and video shows what appears to be a slap.
The Football Association is now investigating the incident and Connolly could face a ban.
“He [Connolly] didn’t like [the fan throwing the ball] and there appeared to be an exchange,” said Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin told Trinity Mirror’s Jacob Murtagh, “whether it was a slap or a punch or whatever.”
Devlin also said a plastic bottle was thrown onto the pitch at the player after the initial altercation, so he expects to be contacted by the FA about that as well.
Here is video of the incident:
The League One match ended in a 1-0 Brentford win.
The incident is reminiscent of Brek Shea’s fan clash that resulted in his Barnsley loan terminated. Shea did not make physical contact with anyone, but was upset about a Barnsley supporter heckling a teammate so he flipped them the bird.
Connolly was the subject of rumors that he could be on his way to Major League Soccer, with the New York Red Bulls apparently interested. However, he eventually signed for Crawley Town on a contract that runs through the rest of this season.
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Chris Coleman says he chose to remain as Wales manager despite interest from Premier League side Hull because he’s in a job that is “close to his heart.”
The Football Association of Wales rejected an approach for Coleman from Hull this month, with the Welshman deciding to stay on rather than resigning.
Coleman, who guided Wales to the European Championship semifinals against the odds, said on Wednesday that “if someone comes and it’s the Premier League, anybody, you kind of look at it sideways. Of course.”
But, Coleman added, managing your country “comes around once, if you’re lucky.”
Coleman has made no secret of his desire to manage in club football in the future, but says “what I’ve got here is something very special and close to my heart.”
Who’s going to join Porto, Monaco, Legia Warsaw, Ludogorets Razgrad and Celtic as playoff teams to join the UEFA Champions League group stage?
The biggest names of Wednesday’s slate are cruising after their first legs, with Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach putting five and three goals on the board, respectively.
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Could the match be Joe Hart‘s last for City? The longtime backstop gets the call with the transfer window a week away.
In the other three cases, things are wide open. Rostov plays Ajax, Red Bull Salzburg faces Dinamo Zagreb, and APOEL lines up Copenhagen.
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Borussia Monchengladbach (3) vs. (1) BSC Young Boys
Rostov (1) vs. (1) Ajax
Red Bull Salzburg (1) vs. (1) Dinamo Zagreb
APOEL (0) vs. (1) Copenhagen
Manchester City (5) vs. Steaua Bucuresti (0)
The newly-renamed EFL Cup, formerly the League Cup, rolls on Wednesday with four more matches ahead of the evening’s third-round draw.
American attacker Lynden Gooch starts for Sunderland, while Tim Ream starts for Fulham and Luca de la Torre is on the Cottagers’ bench. Emerson Hyndman is on the bench for Bournemouth.
Tuesday’s action saw Premier League sides West Brom and Watford excused from the tournament.
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Accrington Stanley vs. Burnley
Fulham vs. Middlesbrough
Morecambe vs. Bournemouth
Sunderland vs. Shrewsbury Town
Robbie Keane is ending a big chapter in his career.
Fear not, Galaxy fans, the 36-year-old living L.A. legend isn’t calling it quits on club soccer, but Keane is done with representing the Republic of Ireland.
Keane will play one more game for the Boys in Green, a friendly against Oman next week, before leaving the Republic to qualify for the World Cup without him.
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In a sprawling and understandably emotional — if not moving — statement, Keane says he isn’t going to stop playing for his club anytime soon, and that he hardly dreamed he’d get to this point.
No player has been capped (145) or scored (67) as many times for Ireland than Keane.