Monday 20 October 2014

Video: When sport stars are attacked by fans

Published 24/07/2014 | 12:59

Neil Horan shoves Vanderlai
Neil Horan shoves Vanderlai

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli soccer players at a friendly match in Austria last, stopping play five minutes before the end.

And last week it emerged that three French rugby players were set upon by up to 10 men armed with machetes and swords.

Here, Indo Sport takes a look at other incidents where sports stars have come under attack.

Dancing priest v Vanderlai de Lima: 2004

Known as the Dancing Priest, Father Neil Horan approached marathon leader De Lima at the 22-mile mark, forcing him off the road and into the crowd.

De Lima was overtaken a mile later and eventually finished third in the race.

John Joe Nevin: 2014

The Olympic boxer's leg was broken in an altercation in Mullingar in May this year. A gang of men went to Nevin's house following a family dispute the previous night and assaulted the boxing star.

Monica Seles: 1993

Seles was world number one women’s tennis player when a crazed fan stabbed her in the back during a quarter final match in the Citizen Cup in Hamburg.

The 19-year-old was rushed to hospital and she still bears the scar today.

Frank Lampard: 2007

Chelsea midfielder Lampard was approached by a fan at the end of his team’s 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Stewards and players were on hand quickly to drag the fan away.

Dida v Celtic: 2007

The AC Milan keeper went down like a tonne of bricks when he was approached by a Celtic fan during a Champions League clash.

There appeared to be minimal contact with Dida, who managed to run a couple of yards before throwing himself on the deck.

Chris Kirkland v Leeds: 2012

A Leeds fan was subsequently jailed for 16 months after he threw a punch at Sheffield Wednesday keeper Kirkland during a League game at Hillsborough.

Celtic fans v Rapid Vienna: 1984

Three Cup winners’ Cup games full of incident 20 years ago. Celtic went down 3-1 in the first leg in Austria in a game that saw two Celtic players sent off. The Parkhead club were later fined by UEFA for their players’ behaviour. Worse was to follow.

The Bhoys bounced back in the return leg, winning 3-0, but the Rapid players vigorously contested the third goal following a clear foul by Tommy Burns on Rapid keeper Herbert Feurer. A bottle was then thrown onto the pitch, close to Feurer who collapsed to the ground.

It later transpired that one of the linesmen was constantly hit with missiles apparently thrown by the Celtic fans and UEFA ordered the game to be replayed following a complaint by Rapid.

The game was replayed at Old Trafford with Rapid winning 1-0 to book their place in the next round. During this clash, Feurer, obviously not a fans’ favourite, was attacked by one Celtic supporter while Peter Pacult was booted in the private area by another.

Alkmaar keeper v fan: 2011

AZ Alkmaar keeper Esteban Alvarado was amazingly red carded for protecting himself against an Ajax hooligan in the Dutch Cup.

The fan ran and kicked Alvarado before the keeper returned the favour and laid the boot into the hooligan. Security had to drag the Alkmaar man away before the referee brandished a red card.

Neil Lennon v Hearts: 2011

The Celtic boss was attacked by a Hearts fan during the Bhoys’ 3-0 League win three years ago.

Celtic were cruising when the thug ran up the touchline and threw a punch at Lennon before being wrestled away.

Pacers v Pistons: 2004

This brawl was known as "the most infamous brawl in NBA history”.

With less than a minute left in the game, a fight broke out before a drink was thrown from the fans towards the players. This was enough to spark Pacers player Ron Artest into action. He entered the crowd and a massive brawl between players and fans followed.

St Pat’s goalkeeper v Shamrock Rovers: 2010

Pat’s goalkeeper Gary Rogers was confronted by a Rovers fan during a league game in Tallaght. The Hoops supported got onto the pitch and approached Rogers before being led away by stewards.

Tiger Woods v his wife: 2009

It was the incident that commanded worldwide attention and kickstarted the demise of the former world number one. Woods’ wife Elin Nordegren confronted the superstar about his extra marital affairs. Woods tried to flee in his car but ending up crashing after Nordegren smashed one of Tiger’s golf clubs off the car several times.

Togo: 2010

In a horrific ambush four years ago, gunmen opened fire on the Togo team bus in an act of terrorism.

The coach was travelling through the Angolan province of Cabinda on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The driver, along with assistant manager Abalo Amelete and media officer Stanislas Ocloo were killed. Several players were injured.

Ian Walker: 2004

Walker was in goal for Leicester when they were getting hammered 5-0 by Aston Villa when an irate fan could take no more and confronted him.

Walker was in no mood for a discussion though, and dished out a hammering of his own.

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