List of violent spectator incidents in sports
This list of violent spectator incidents in sports includes events in which a spectator at a
sporting event was engaged in a violent confrontation with an athlete, coach or game official, either through the spectator's intrusion upon the field of play, or as a result of such an event participant entering the spectator seating area. Incidents of object or snow throwing are included when it results in injuries to a match participant or causes significant delays or cancellation of the match.
It does "not" include incidents of
riots or other violence, often outside the event venue, which did not involve game participants.
* On May 15, 1912,
Detroit Tigersoutfielder Ty Cobbassaulted Claude Lueker, a heckler, in the stands of Hilltop Parkin New York during a game against the New York Highlanders. Lueker and Cobb traded insults with each other throughout the first three innings, and the situation climaxed when Lueker called Cobb a "half-nigger." Cobb then climbed into the stands and attacked the handicapped Lueker, who due to an industrial accident had lost all of one hand and three fingers on his other hand. When onlookers shouted at Cobb to stop because the man had no hands, Cobb reportedly replied, "I don't care if he has no feet!" The American Leaguesuspended him indefinitely, and his teammates, though not fond of Cobb, went on strike to protest the suspension prior to the May 18 game against the Philadelphia A's. For that one game, Detroit fielded a replacement team made up of college and sandlot ballplayers, plus two Detroit coaches, and lost, 24-2. The strike ended when Cobb urged his teammates to return to the field. Cobb's suspension lasted for 8 days.Merron, Jeff, [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1927560 Fighting through the years] , ESPN.com, November 20, 2004]
* After being ejected from a game at
The Polo Groundsin May 1922 for throwing dirt in the eyes of the umpire, Babe Ruthchased a heckler through the stands. When the fan ran out of reach, Ruth returned to the dugoutroof and challenged any fan in attendance to fight him.
* September 16 - A Brooklyn Dodgers fan jumped on the field to attack umpire
George Magerkurthso that the fan's pickpocket partner could work the stands.
* In the first half of a doubleheader at
Yankee Stadium, Cleveland Indiansoutfielder Jimmy Piersallwas attacked by two Yankee fans who ran onto the field. Piersall quickly dispatched of the first fan with a single punch then chased after the other, who was intercepted and pummeled by Indian teammates Johnny Templeand Walt Bond.
* September 30 - During the ninth inning at the final game of the Washington Senators in Washington, prior to their move to Texas, disgruntled Senators fans rushed the field and forced the Senators, who were beating the
New York Yankees, to forfeit the contest. Baseball would not return to the U.S. capital until 2005, when the Montréal Expos moved south and became the Washington Nationals.
* January 6 - St. Louis Blues coach
Al Arbourand several players entered the stands to fight fans at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, after Arbour was showered with debris.
* December 29 - Players from the
Philadelphia Flyersentered the stands at the Pacific Coliseumin Vancouverafter a fan reached over the glass and pulled the hair of Don Saleski. Six players were charged with assault and fined $500.
* June 4, 1974 - "
Ten Cent Beer Night" - In one of the most remarkably ill-conceived promotions in Major League Baseballhistory, fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadiumfor a Cleveland Indiansvs. Texas Rangers game were served as many beers as they wanted for just 10¢ each. After numerous instances of drunken fans throwing debris or running onto the field — " streaking" in many instances — the situation boiled over in the 9th inning when a fan ran onto the field and snatched Rangers outfielder Jeff Burroughs' cap and glove. Burroughs' teammates charged out to his aid, followed by hundreds of rioting Cleveland fans who poured out onto the field. The game was forfeited to Texas.
* July 12, 1979 -
Disco Demolition Night- In a promotion conceived by Chicago DJ Steve Dahl, fans got 98¢ admission to a Comiskey Parkdoubleheader between the Chicago White Soxand Detroit Tigersin exchange for bringing in a discorecord to be blown up between games. Before the "demolition", many fans began throwing their records, as well as fireworksand debris. The between-games explosion tore a large hole into the field and was followed by thousands of spectators pouring in from the stands. Thirty-seven arrests were made and the second game of the doubleheader was forfeited.
* December 23 - Members of the
Boston Bruinsleaped over their bench, and fought New York Rangersfans at Madison Square Garden. The incident was made famous by the Bruins' Mike Milburyremoving a fan's shoe, and beating him with it.
* January 19 - A bench clearing brawl involving the
Edmonton Oilersand the Pittsburgh Penguins, had some Pittsburgh fans behind the Edmonton bench throw beer at Edmonton head coach Glen Sather, before he attempted to attack the fans when the plexi-glass collapsed.
* On September 24, 1981,
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smithjumped into the stands at Candlestick Park after San Francisco Giantsfan Michael Dooley threw a batting helmetat him. Smith was ejected and eight fans received citations. [ [http://www.dodgerblues.com/content/features_fights.html#smith Reggie Smith attacks fan at Candlestick] , DodgerBlues.com, updated September 19, 2007]
* At the Dutch Open,
Ilie Nastasewas so outraged with a linesman's call, he grabbed a vendor's load of ice cream cones and threw the load at the linesman, nailing some fans who were in the way.
* May 19 -
Edmonton Oilersfans littered the penalty box when Duane Sutterof the New York Islanderswas in there. Sutter used a water bottle to squirt them back, but the fans retaliated with more litter. Security had those fans kicked off hours before the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup.
* August 12 - In a
beanballwar between the Atlanta Bravesand San Diego Padresin Atlanta where both managers and 12 players were ejected, fans got into the act late in the game, as first one slammed a beer mug on Padre Kurt Bevacqua's head. Bevacqua gave chase but was held back by police. Shortly after, another fan ran onto the field and was taken down by Braves Chris Chamblissand Jerry Royster, when the fan attempted to take a loose helmet near third base. Five young fans, from the full stadium, were arrested during this night game for their participation during the on-field melee. The man who slammed a beer mug on Bevacqua's head faced criminal charges.
* August 26 - A fan threw a Bowie hunting knife at
California Angelsrookie Wally Joynerat Yankee Stadium. Joyner was fortunate that he was hit on his left arm by the butt end of the knife, escaping injury.
Bounty Bowl II, December 10 - Fans of the Philadelphia Eaglesat Veterans Stadiumthrew snowballs and beer at Dallas Cowboysplayers and staff throughout the game as revenge against accusations by Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson that Eagles coach Buddy Ryanhad placed a "bounty" on the head of Cowboys placekicker Luis Zendejasduring a previous game.
* May 11 - During a home game at
Cleveland Stadium, Indians' outfielder Albert Bellethrew a ball at a heckling fan and hit him in the chest. Belle received a six game suspension. [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20611FE3D5D0C718DDDAC0894D9494D81 Belle Hits Fan With a Ball] , The New York Times, May 12, 1991]
* November 2 - A bench clearing brawl erupted at the end of the game between the
Detroit Red Wingsand the Boston Bruinswhere after the scrum finished, a Boston heckler was taunting and later threw a punch at Steve Yzermanwhen he was heading to the team's dressing room. Security stepped in quickly to break it off.
* April 14 - The
Buffalo Sabres-Québec Nordiques NHL game at Le Colisée saw a drunken Nordiques fan charging at the Sabres bench on the ice. Rob Rayand Colin PattersonKO ed the drunk and police quickly arrested him.
* April 30 - During a tennis match in
Hamburg, Germany, tennis star Monica Seleswas stabbed by Günter Parche, a Steffi Graffan, during a changeover.
* January 25 - Manchester United striker
Eric Cantonaassaulted a fan during a game against Crystal Palace after said fan hurled racial slurs towards him. Cantona was banned for the remainder of the English Premier League season.
* February 6 - In a game at Portland,
Vernon Maxwellran into the stands and punched a fan in the face, breaking his jaw, after the fan heckled him over his wife's recent miscarriage. He was suspended for 10 games and fined $20,000 by the NBA.
* August 10,
Dodger Stadium- The Los Angeles Dodgersgave out baseballs to 50,000+ paying customers as they entered the gates for a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. After a few rounds of alcohol and some close umpiring calls, many fans began pelting the field with their souvenir baseballs after Raúl Mondesíand manager Tommy Lasordawere ejected in the 9th inning. The game ended up being forfeited to the Redbirds [ [http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/chronology/1995AUGUST.stm August, 1995] BaseballLibrary.com] . Following that incident, Major League Baseballmandated that should baseballs be given away as a promotional item, the giveaway would follow the game.
* September 28 -
Chicago Cubspitcher Randy Myerswas attacked on the mound by a fan at Wrigley Fieldafter giving up a home run. Myers held the fan on the ground until authorities arrested him.
* December 17 -
Cleveland Brownsfans irate at their teams' impending relocation to Baltimore, tore seats loose and threw them at the field and set small fires throughout Cleveland Stadium.
* December 23 -
New York Giantsfans threw hundreds of snowballs and chunks of ice at San Diego Chargersplayers and officials, injuring fifteen people including Chargers equipment manager Sid Brooks. A total of 15 arrests were made and 175 fans were ejected from Giants Stadiumby police. As a result, 75 season-ticket holders had their rights to those tickets revoked. [ [http://www.cnn.com/US/Newsbriefs/9512/12-27/index.html#8 Giants season-ticket holders punished for snowball barrage] , CNN.com, December 27, 1995] . Since then, the NFL has mandated that for the safety of those involved, seating areas must be cleared of all snow and ice prior to the opening of stadium gates.
*November 26, Northlands Coliseum -
Calgary Flamesforward Sasha Lakovicattempted to climb the glass behind the players bench to get at a drunken Edmonton Oilersfan who poured a beverage on assistant coach Guy Lapointe's head. Lakovic, who was restrained by his teammates, was suspended two games without pay, while the Oilers were fined $20,000 for having inadequate security. [Francis, Eric, [http://www.canoe.ca/Slam030919/col_francis-sun.html The Uncivil War] , Calgary Sun, September 19, 2003] The incident was broadcast on The CBC.
*During a night
Australian Football LeagueRound 10 match at Waverley Parkin Melbournebetween the Essendon Football Cluband St Kilda Football Club, an unexpected pitch invasionoccurred when the lights blacked out during the third quarter. In the midst of the chaos, a few thousand restless fans rioted and stormed the ground. Some lit bonfires in the centre pitch. Two of the smaller goal (behind) posts were removed by spectators. The incident was filmed on Network Seven. [ [http://home.vicnet.net.au/~brad/96/round10.htm Round 10 1996, Essendon vs. St Kilda] , Bomber Internet]
*On March 13, 1996, India played Sri Lanka in the
CricketWorld Cup semi-final at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India. Approxmiately 110,000 spectators were present at the ground. Chasing Sri Lanka's innings of 251 for 8, India had slumped to 120 for 8 in the 35th over when sections of crowd began to throw fruit and plastic bottles onto the field. The players left the field for 20 minutes in an attempt to quiet the crowd. When the players returned for play, more bottles were thrown onto the field and fires were lit in the stand and the crowd begain to riot. Match referee Clive Lloydawarded the match to Sri Lanka, the first default ever in a Test or One Day International.
* In a
CUB SeriesODI cricketmatch between Australiaand Englandat the Melbourne Cricket Ground, unruly behaviour from the crowd, including throwing objects on the field, forced England captain Alec Stewartto call Shane Warneout from the dressing room to settle down his home town crowd's behaviour.
* On May 2, four Celtic fans were arrested - and banned from
Celtic Parkfor life - after invading the pitch during the Scottish Premier Leaguematch with rivals Rangers at Celtic Park, and referee Hugh Dallaswas struck on the head with a missile (thought to have been a coin), causing him to need attention for a cut. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/334172.stm Violence mars Old Firm game] , BBC News, May 3, 1999] The Rangers team were also pelted with various objects on leaving the pitch at the end of the game. Another fan who attempted to remonstrate with Dallas from the upper tier fell over the balcony to the lower tier. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/football/scottish_premier/334094.stm Rangers make history out of chaos] , BBC News, May 3, 1999] The game was shown live on the satellite television channel Sky Sports.
*On August 10, during a game at Philadelphia's
Veterans Stadium, two D-Cell batteries were thrown at St. Louis Cardinalsoutfielder J.D. Drew. Drew had been drafted by the Philadelphia Philliesyears earlier but expressed disappointment with the franchise and held out in order to avoid playing with them. Eventually he re-entered the draft and was chosen by St. Louis.
* On September 24,
Houston Astrosoutfielder Billy Spierswas attacked while standing in right field in Milwaukee County Stadium. Spiers suffered slight injuries, and the assailant, Berley W. Visgar, was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
* November 23 - After being pelted with heavy, wet snowballs throughout the second half of a game against the
Denver Broncos, Charles Woodsonof the Oakland Raidersretaliated by throwing a hard snowball back into the crowd, hitting a woman in the face. An arrest warrant was later issued for Woodson. In the same game, Raiders tackle Lincoln Kennedyentered the stands and punched a Broncos fan in the face [Nevius, C.W. & Swan, Gary, [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/11/24/MN81813.DTL Raiders' Woodson to Face Charges in Snow Melee] , San Francisco Chronicle, November 24, 1999] .
* On May 16, 2000, a fan at
Wrigley Fieldin Chicago grabbed the baseball capoff the head of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Chad Kreuter, starting a melee in which Dodgers players including Raúl Mondesí, Gary Sheffield, Darren Dreifort, Adrián Beltré, and Todd Hundleyentered the stands to fight fans. [Slezak, Carol, [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20000824/ai_n13871534 Subpoenas await brawling Dodgers] , Chicago Sun-Times, August 24, 2000]
* March 29 -
Toronto Maple Leafsplayer Tie Domiand a fan got into a scuffle in the penalty boxduring a game against the Philadelphia Flyersat the First Union Center, after the enraged fan (after having water shot at another Flyer fan by Domi) leaned over the glass which separated spectators from the penalty box to confront Domi. The glass panel came loose and the fan's momentum carried him into the box where Domi had been seated, at which point the scuffle ensued.
* September 1 -
Geelong Football Clubplayer Darren Milburn executed a very late bump on Carlton Football Club's Steven Silvagni, collecting Silvagni's head with his hip; Silvagni hit the ground unconscious. After being substituted with another player, fans threatened Milburn and attempted to enter the interchange box to assault him, and again attempted to attack him in the car park and after the game.
*During a December 16 game versus the
Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Brownsfans angered by the overturning of a referee's call late in the fourth quarter threw garbage on to the field, including hundreds of plastic beer bottles resulting in a thirty-minute delay. Referees as well as players on both teams were struck by debris [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/news/2001/12/16/jaguars_browns_ap/ Fans get unruly about overturned call in final minute] , SI.com, December 17, 2001] .
*September 16- A fight broke out amongst fans at
FedEx Fieldduring a Monday Night Footballmeeting between the Philadelphia Eaglesand the Washington Redskinswith about six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Police attempted to stop the crowd by using pepper spray, while this worked, the mist hit air blowers near the Eagles bench which hit the players, resulting in an eight minute delay of the game. [Maske, Mark. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26242-2002Sep16.html Not Ready for Prime Time] , "The Washington Post", September 17, 2002]
* September 19-
Kansas City Royalsfirst base coach Tom Gamboawas violently assaulted by a drunken father and son, William Ligue Jr. and Sr., at Comiskey Park in Chicago. [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/news/2002/09/19/royals_whitesox_ap/ Royals first base coach assaulted by father-son duo] , CNNSI.com, September 21, 2002]
*November 23 -
Aloha Stadium- Honolulu, Hawaii- University of Cincinnati at Hawaii college football- As tensions between the two teams build throughout a penalty-filled game, a controversial late hit on the already injured Hawaii quarterback Timmy Changcauses fights break out between both teams' players as well as mascots. Cincinnati's athletic director Bob Goinaccuses Hawaii fans of threatening Cincinnati players, coaches, and cheerleaders throughout the game [ [http://espn.go.com/ncf/news/2002/1124/1465939.html Police have to separate both teams after game - ESPN.com] ] and police use pepper sprayon fans who threw garbage at Cincinnati players after the game. [ [http://archives.starbulletin.com/2007/10/05/sports/story01.html UH unveils opponents for 2008 - Honolulu Star-Bulletin] ]
* During an
Australian Football Leaguematch between Carlton Football Cluband the West Coast Eaglesat Optus Oval, field umpires were abused and a bottle was thrown, causing the league to review security at the venue. [ [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200206/s583985.htm AFL under pressure to clamp down on crowd violence] ]
* November 2 - Manchester United goalkeeper
Fabien Barthezpunched a fan who ran onto the pitch towards him during a match against Southampton.
*In an April game in Chicago between the
Chicago White Soxand the Kansas City Royals, a fan ran on to the field (mid-play) and tried to tackle umpire Laz Diaz. Diaz, who used to be in the Marines, threw the fan to the ground.
* In October, a grounds crew member at
Fenway Parkgot into an altercation with New York Yankees relief pitcherJeff Nelson, which resulted in Nelson and Yankees right fielder Karim Garciajumping the grounds crew member. Charges were pressed later on.
* On April 22 at Docklands Stadium during an
Australian Football Leaguematch between Richmond and Adelaide, a spectator from Brisbanespat on Richmond coach Danny Frawleyand other club officials. The controversial incident was captured on Australian national television and the supporter was identified and later questioned. [ [http://www.abc.net.au/victoria/news/200405/s1101482.htm Qld police interview man over AFL spitting incident] ]
* On April 26 at a
NASCAR Nextel Cuprace at Talladega Superspeedway, Jeff Gordonwon in a controversial ending where he passed NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.and the race ended under caution causing fans to throw trash and debris onto the racetrack. Gordon then defiantly performed a victory "doughnut" over the thrown debris. This race then subsequently caused NASCAR to start the green-white-checker finish. [Smith, Marty, [http://www.nascar.com/2004/news/opinion/smith/04/27/lastlap_talladega/ Last L
] , NASCAR.com, April 27, 2004]
* On August 29, during the men's marathon event at the
2004 Summer Olympics, defrocked Irish priest Neil Horanburst out of the crowd to accost race leader Vanderlei de Lima– an action which may have cost de Lima the gold medal, although many observers have noted that he was losing ground to Stefano Baldiniof Italyand Mebrahtom Keflezighiof the United Stateseven before the attack, and they likely would have caught him anyway. De Lima ultimately placed third in the race, behind Baldini (who won) and Keflezighi. [ [http://www.letsrun.com/2004/accost.php Athens Olympic Marathon Leader Vanderlei de Lima is Accosted by a Deranged Irish Fan Around Mile 23] (Photo), LetsRun.com] De Lima later declined to protest the result, for which the IOCcompensated him with the De Coubertin medal.
* On September 13, 2004, Texas Rangers pitcher
Frank Franciscothrew a chair at a fan during the Rangers' game against the Oakland Athleticsin Oakland's Network Associates Coliseum, breaking a woman's nose. [ [http://www.spursreport.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-16680.html Rangers Player Breaks Female Fan's Nose] ]
* On September 29, reacting from a fan throwing a plastic beer bottle on the field during a home game against the
Colorado Rockies, Milton Bradley of the Los Angeles Dodgersthrew it from the field violently into the front row. Major League Baseballsuspended him for five games. As Bradley walked from right field to the Dodgers' dugout, he took his jersey and hat off. With the crowd behind the dugout booing, Bradley gestured with palms up, urging the fans on.
Pacers-Pistons brawl- On November 19, near the end of an NBA game between the Indiana Pacersand the Detroit Pistons, a brawl erupted between Pacers players and Pistons supporters in one of sports' most infamous incidents.
South Carolina-Clemson brawl- Less than 24 hours after "The Malace in The Palace", on November 20, the college footballteams from South Carolina and Clemson were involved in a melee during their annual rivalry game. The schools instituted self-inflicted punishments by not allowing to play in post-season bowl games that year, in spite of both teams having winning records.
* In April, a fan at
Fenway Parktook a swing at Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffieldas he was fielding a ball in play, prompting Sheffield to take a swing at the fan. While this was happening, another fan threw a beer at Sheffield, then jumped back tripping over the fan next to him. After throwing the ball back into the field of play, Sheffield approached the fan who swung at him, before a lone security guard interfened. The fan was ejected, and had his season tickets revoked.
* April 12 - In the 74th minute of a
UEFA Champions Leaguematch versus crosstown rivals Inter Milan, A.C. Milan goalkeeperDida was hit in the shoulder with a flare thrown at him from the crowd. Dida suffers only minor burns but was unable to continue the match. After a 30 minute delay to clear burning flares from the pitch, the match was briefly restarted before another round of debris-throwing forces the cancellation of the match.
* April 26 -
Allen Iversonwas struck by a coin that was thrown by a Detroit Pistonsfan. Iverson was on the bench and remained calm while security and police removed the suspect, with the help of witnesses that saw the incident.
* In November, a ODI
cricketmatch in the Chappell-Hadlee Seriesbetween Australiaand New Zealandinvolved members of the New Zealand crowd throwing dangerous objects at Australian players.
* November 11 - At an
FA Cupmatch between Newport County and Swansea City, fourth official Alan Sheffieldwas struck in the face with a £1 coin thrown at him from the crowd after Sheffield engaged in a dispute with Newport manager Peter Beadle. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/6139744.stm Coin thrower injures cup official] , BBC News, November 11, 2006] The impact cut an artery, and Sheffield was rushed into surgery, requiring seven stitches. It was the most serious of several coin-throwing incidents during the month, with Fulham's Claus Jensenand Arsenal's Robin van Persiealso being hit with coins. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/6124884.stm Fulham vow to find coin thrower] , BBC News, November 7, 2006]
* May 28 - During an
Australian Football Leaguematch between the Kangaroos Football Cluband St Kilda Football Club, a Kangaroos supporter had a confrontation with the club's coach Dean Laidleyduring a period of consistently poor performances. The supporter twice made provocative remarks to which Laidley responded with a verbal barrage, later inviting the supporter to the club rooms to see how badly the players were feeling due to their on field performance. The footage was captured on television and broadcast nationally in Australia. The apparently fanatical Kangaroos supporter committed suicide in the path of an oncoming train on May 29th. [ [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/05/30/1148754977717.html Fan's death 'devastating': Laidley] ] The man's family, police and the Kangaroos stated the death was unrelated, however there were widespread calls for Laidley to be fined for the incident.
*December 8 - During an
A-Leaguematch between Melbourne Victoryand Sydney FCat the Telstra Dome, fans lit flares which caused breathing difficulties for spectators in the enclosed venue and the evacuation of stands. Three men were charged with assault. [ [http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,,20900708-661,00.html Crowd violence mars record night] ]
* January 21 - In a rugby union match between Toulouse and Ulster, Toulouse player
Trevor Brennanjumped into a section of the crowd housing Ulster supporters and struck Ulster fan Patrick Bamford. Brennan alleged afterwards that remarks about his mother triggered his reaction. In their investigation of the incident European Rugby found no such abuse took place. They found that Brennan was being baited over the standard of Brennan's Bar, which he co-owns in Toulouse. Brennan initially received a life ban from rugby, which was then reduced to a five year suspension prompting his retirement. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/my_club/ulster/6741763.stm Brennan ban reduced to five years] , BBC News, June 11, 2007] Bamford successfully sued the Guardian, among others, for libel concerning reports that suggested he had shouted sectarian abuse. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7103602.stm Ulster fan awarded libel damages] , BBC News, November 20, 2007]
* March 20 - Following Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Tottenham in an
FA Cupquarter-finals match at White Hart Lane, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampardis attacked by Tottenham fan Tim Smith, who invades the pitch and throws a clumsy punch at him. [Cross, John, [http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tm_headline=lampard--never-again&method=full&objectid=18784809&siteid=89520-name_page.html Lampard:Never Again] , The Mirror] Footage appears to show Lampard's teammate Didier Drogbastomping on Smith after Chelsea's fitness coach Rui Fariahad wrestled Smith to the ground. [Cross, John, [http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tm_headline=drogba-faces-probe&method=full&objectid=18784813&siteid=89520-name_page.html Drogba faces probe] , The Mirror]
*April 21 - Following
Jeff Gordonwinning the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, tying the late Dale Earnhardtwith 76 wins, a handful of Earnhardt fans threw full beverage cans at Gordon's car as he celebrated the victory and paid tribute to Earnhardt. A week later at the Aaron's 499 on April 29 at Talladega Superspeedway, a track where Earnhardt and particularly his son Dale Earnhardt, Jr.have a strong following and a track that had a history of fans throwing debris at Gordon (see 2004 above), Gordon won the race again, this time surpassing Earnhardt, Sr. on the all-time wins list. A much larger number of fans threw beverage cans and other debris on the track and at Gordon's car following his victory. Fourteen fans were arrested and banned for life from buying tickets from the speedway. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/news/story?seriesId=2&id=2857281 Fourteen fans barred from buying tickets at Talladega] , ESPN.com, May 2, 2007]
*May 23 - During an AHL playoff game,
Kip Brennanof the Hershey Bearswas attacked by a Manchester Monarchsfan in the penalty box area. Brennan ripped the fan's shirt during the fight and was suspended by the league for the remainder of the playoffs. The fan was later ejected from the arena.
*May 28 -
NBA Utah Jazzfans gave way to frustration in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the 2007 Western Conference Finals in Salt Lake City - with most of it aimed at San Antonio Spursforward Manu Ginóbiliand his flair for drawing fouls. In an ugly-but-effective overall team performance in which the Spurs made more free throws (30) than field goals (28). Contributing to that discrepancy were four technical fouls called against Utah in the fourth. The subsequent ejections of Utah head coach Jerry Sloanand Jazz guard Derek Fisherhad a charged-up EnergySolutions Arenacrowd raining debris onto the court in protest. After the Spurs won the game 91-79, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovichrushed his team safe into the locker room instead of post game interviews.
* With the score tied 3-3 in the 89th minute of a UEFA European Football Championship match between Sweden and Denmark, an unidentified Danish fan storms the pitch and punches referee
Herbert Fandelafter Sweden is awarded a penalty kick following the issue of a straight-red card to Denmark midfielder Christian Poulsen. Following the attack, the match is abandoned and UEFA awards Sweden the victory. [ [http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1181017635836&call_pageid=1112274690688&col=1112274690734 'Idiot' fan apologizes for striking ref] , Hamilton Spectator, June 5, 2007] (See 2008 UEFA qualifier fan attack)
*October 3 - Following Celtic's late goal in the Champions League Group D clash against
AC Milanwhich resulted in a 2-1 victory, a Celtic supporter runs from one side of the pitch to the other, while running past AC Milan goalkeeper Dida the fan makes minor contact to the side of his face. Dida goes down clutching his face in apparent agony and is stretchered off. [ [http://news.sky.com/skynews/video/videoplayer/0,,31200-1286958,.html Keeper 'Floored' by fan at football match] (Video), Sky News] Several other Celtic fans crush advertising hoardings at the side of the pitch as they also try to reach celebrating Celtic players on the field of play.
* November 11 - A policeman near
Arezzo, attempting to break up a fight between Juventusand S.S. Laziofans, shoots and kills Lazio supporter Gabriele Sandri. As news of the killing spreads across Italy, a match between A.C. Milanand Atalanta B.C.is abandoned after seven minutes after fans attempt to destroy a glass barrier separating them from the pitch [Kington, Tom, [http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,,2209451,00.html Italian football fan shot dead by police as rival supporters clash at service station] , The Guardian, November 12, 2007]
* July 24, 2008 - During a minor league "A" level baseball game, pitcher Julio Castillo of the
Peoria Chiefswas arrested and charged for throwing a baseball that hit a fan in the stands. It was intended to be thrown in the dugout of the Dayton Dragonswhich resulted in a 10-minute brawl. Castillo was arraigned the next day and ordered held a $50,000 bond. He also had to surrender his passport.
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