This is ugly.
Audax Italiano striker Sebastian Pol could be a looking at a lengthy ban after he climbed onto railings and clearly kicked a fan in the head following his teams 4-1 defeat to Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica in the Chilean top-flight.
Pol, 28, was apparently goaded by the home supporter but what he did next could see a criminal investigation launched against him and a lengthy playing ban from the Chilean FA.
Via Reuters, Pol spoke to reporters from the local police station after being arrested and held overnight for the incident.
“I’m really full of regret for this,” Pol said. “I apologise to him profusely. I didn’t mean to strike him, I just wanted to frighten him. It’s something new that life has taught me.”
This brings memories flooding back of the infamous Eric Cantona kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park in 1995.
That kick earned Cantona an eight-month ban and a criminal record and although Pol’s kick didn’t seem to connect as hard as Cantona’s, it would be surprising not to see a similar punishment.
Watch the video above to see the incident take place as Pol was taken from the dressing room by police following the game. He now has a provisional 20-day ban from attending any sporting events and strict new rules to curb violence in Chilean soccer means he is likely to get the book thrown at him.
Yeah, Pol is not going to get away with this.