In January 1995, Eric Cantona made global sporting headlines after launching a stunning Kung Fu kick attack on a verbally abusive Crystal Palace fan.
Now, almost 21 years on, history appears to have repeated itself in the form of Audax Italiano striker Sebastian Pol, who spent the night in a prison cell after violently kicking a rival fan following a heated encounter in the Chilean top-flight.
Pol’s moment of madness came at the end of a 4-1 defeat to Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica, with the 28-year-old’s patience wearing thin after 90 minutes of abuse from the rival home fans.
Keen to make amends, Pol climbed the fence separating the players and fans and unleashed the kind of volley that had been sadly lacking from his display for Audax Italiano.
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The only problem was that, rather than kicking a ball, he was actually kicking a paying supporter in the face, something the authorities do not look too kindly on with Pol subsequently arrested in the changing rooms.
“He kicked me in the face,” victim/football troll Cristobal Aztorquiza said in quotes carried by the Daily Mail.
“He climbed onto the railings and attacked me. I’m going to file a formal complaint.”
Pol could now face up to two years in prison as a result of the incident, though he did offer up mitigating circumstances in an interview with Goal.com.
Well, maybe not mitigating but certainly some form of explanation.
“[Astorquiza] insulted me and spat at me, he did,” Pol said.
“Unfortunately I reacted improperly, I know what I did was wrong and I owe him a thousand apologies.
“I did not want to hit him, I just wanted to frighten him. I did not want to find, this is something life has taught me.”
Likely to be banned for the foreseeable future, the journeyman striker, who has turned out for eight clubs in 10 years, could yet be banned from the beautiful game altogether which would be a great shame, because he’s clearly got a great right foot.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.