Note to all footballers: if a fan runs onto the field, don’t do anything — even if it holds the game up and/or makes you feel threatened. During a Conference South match between Dorchester Town and Havant and Waterlooville, Ashley Vickers had to learn that the hard way. The Dorchester Town player decided to do everyone a favor and tackle a fan who rushed the field dressed in a Borat costume, only to be slapped with a red card by the official. Have a look at the video, courtesy of BBC Sport via The Big Lead:
The red card was given for using “excessive force.” Huh? On an idiotic fan? Maybe I don’t know enough about soccer, but I don’t understand this at all. MLB players have tripped field-rushers before and all they get is a handshake from security. An official throwing a player out of a game for taking care of business makes absolutely no sense to me. On a separate note, I must admit the Borat theme was pretty classic.