In recent times, we only see fans attacking footballers buses, or depriving footballers of sleeping. However, some cases can’t be erased from the books; those of footballers who attacked fans.
5. Craig Bellamy (Manchester City) -2009
— Ayman Fazeli (@AFazeli) February 20, 2018
Sparks always fly whenever Manchester United play their arch-rivals – Manchester City. This incident happened during the Manchester derby in 2009. In a heated game at Old Trafford, it was all square at 3-3 after 90 minutes, before Michael Owen scored the injury-time winner to seal the contest 4-3 in United’s favour.
As a celebratory run, a male Manchester United fan invaded the pitch from United’s home section. Stewards had the situation under control, but Craig Bellamy lost his cool. He went straight to the fan and slapped him in the face.
4. Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) -2002
Throwback to when Jamie Carragher threw a coin into the East Stand in Highbury back in 2002 pic.twitter.com/fUdswlElbr
— Robert Abbott (@Rabbott96) March 12, 2018
The Skyport pundit may be back on track after the ridiculous incident, but the Anfield legend, Jamie Carragher, had a history of worst conducts during his playing days at Liverpool, though none was worse than this:
In an away fourth round FA cup game against Arsenal at Highbury in the 2001-02 season, the 24-year-old was stamped on by Dennis Bergkamp, who was subsequently sent off.
Frustrated Arsenal fans turned against Carragher after Bergkamp was sent off, and one irate Arsenal fan threw a coin at Jamie Carragher. Angered by the incident, Jamie Carragher threw the coin immediately back at the fan who threw it at him and was sent off by the referee Mike Riley for violent conduct. Two of the fans got hurt during the incident.
3. Alan Smith (Leeds United) -2003
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Alan Smith pic.twitter.com/Ytqwwzn2P2
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Former England international and Manchester United player Alan Smith was known for poor conducts throughout his career. By the age of 23, Alan Smith had already received 8 red cards.
While playing for Leeds United in 2003, he got into big trouble in a League Cup game against Manchester United at Elland Road. A Leeds United supporter pelted a bottle onto the field, towards Manchester United player Chris Eagles. Frustrated by the incident, Alan Smith picked up the bottle and threw it back into the crowd.
It missed the mischievous fan who threw it, and instead, fell on another Leeds United supporter. He was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. Alan Smith was forced to make an apology to the fan and his family and was even arrested for it.
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