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Captain sacked after charging into stands to violently confront fan

On the 19th anniversary of Eric Cantona’s attack on a Crystal Palace supporter, who would have thought that a non-league captain would emulate the fiery Frenchman and be sacked as a result?

Remarkably, though, that is exactly what happened in a match between Goole and Coalville in the Evo-Stik South on Saturday.

As our astonishing video shows, Goole skipper Karl Colley made his way into the stands at Victoria Pleasure Grounds after being sent off against Coalville.

Colley made no less than three attempts to confront the unnamed spectator and appeared to throw a punch in his direction too.

After the disgraceful scenes – which are set to be investigated by the Football Association – Goole confirmed their player had been sacked.

"Straight after the game he was sacked," said Goole secretary Andrew Morris. "This is a shame because we're just a group of volunteers. It's disgusting and embarrassing."

A club statement added: "After the deplorable incident at today's game we can confirm that the player responsible has been released.

"We are a family club and incidents of this nature have no place in football and will not be tolerated at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds.

"The club acted quickly and decisively and released the player with immediate effect and as such the player in question will never play for our football club again.

"We apologise to each and every supporter at the game today and whilst as a club, we can't legislate for incidents of this nature, we will not tolerate them from anyone."