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Fan attack player banned until October

20 February 2014, 17:14

London - The player dubbed English "non-league football's answer to Eric Cantona" has been banned until October by the Football Association after his furious confrontation with a fan last month.

Karl Colley, 30, was filmed angrily running into the stands to face down a supporter of opponents Coalville after being sent off in Goole's 3-0 defeat at their Victoria Pleasure Grounds home in north-east England.

Video footage, which was posted on the YouTube website, showed Colley making three attempts to tackle the fan and also appearing to throw a punch amidst a flurry of abusive language.

"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Karl Colley has been suspended from all football and football activity with immediate effect until 1 October 2014," the FA said Wednesday.

"The former Goole AFC player admitted an FA improper conduct charge in relation to behaviour which followed his dismissal in the 54th minute of the game against Coalville Town on 25 January 2014, which fell outside the jurisdiction of the match officials.

"Colley was also fined 150."

Colley, who had been the club captain, was sacked by Goole shortly after the match.

Former Manchester United star Cantona was banned for nine months for his kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons after being red-carded at Selhurst Park in January 1995.



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