Wednesday 21 March 2018

Goalkeeper jumps into crowd to confront fan and mass brawl ensues

Police called after keeper does a Cantona and hops over the hoardings at the final whistle

Simon Rice

Footballers are too regularly abused by fans but rarely do they react like Kingstonian goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey.

At the final whistle of last night's non-league match against fellow Ryman League outfit Bognor Regis Town, Tolfrey did his best impersonation of Eric Cantona by jumping over the hoardings to confront a fan.

A confused looking Bognor player looked on before Tolfrey was restrained by a mixture of team-mates, fans - including one sporting a beard and a baseball cap - and stewards as he grappled with the supporter.

The confrontation, which saw other supporters in the stand having to back away, triggered further ugly scenes with a brawl between team-mates of the two sides ensuing.

Eventually the players manage to clear from the pitch, with a still riled Tolfrey among the last of them to depart.

Police were called to the incident amid reports a fan punched Tolfrey in the face. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called to a fight at Kingstonian FC around 9:45pm and we are currently investigating."

Watch the incident here:

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