OPINION: Idiotic 'fan attack' brings supporter behaviour under the microscope once again
by Matt Dannatt, Football Writer
THE behaviour of football fans has been thrown under the spotlight after yet another shameful incident.
After Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was assaulted by a Leeds fan earlier in the season, last night Wycombe Wanderers stopper Jordan Archer was also attacked by a young supporter.
Towards the end of the Chairboys' 1-0 win over Gillingham, Archer was set to take a goal kick when a man ran onto the pitch and threw himself at the 19-year-old, pushing him to the ground.
After bursting through their cordon, the boy was quickly apprehended by stewards – albeit a little too late.
As a side note, Archer kicked the ball away while the incident was being dealt with and was promptly booked by the over-officious referee – a ridiculous decision but that's for another day.
The main issue to tackle is what actually goes through the 'minds' of these idiots who feel it acceptable to not only encroach onto the pitch, but attack a player?
Crucially, what – if anything – can be done to prevent others from doing the same in the future?
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