Adam Brindley, whose mobile phone footage went viral of ex-Blade Karl Colley throwing a punch at a fan, today praised Curtis Woodhouse for trying to stop the attack, writes Graham Walker.
Boxer and former Sheffield United footballer Woodhouse tried to hold back Sheffield-born Goole Town captain Colley, who stormed into the crowd after jeers when he got a red card during his side’s 3-0 home defeat to Coalville Town on Saturday.
It was 19 years to the day since Eric Cantona’s infamous ‘kung fu’ kick on a fan.
Humberside Police say no allegation has been made to them over the Colley incident so they are not involved.
Coalville fan Adam, aged 25, a bank worker, says if the FA want evidence they can have the video he filmed on his mobile and posted to YouTube, which has had more than 300,000 views in two days.
He says he filmed the incident as evidence in case somebody was hurt and believes Goole were right to immediately sack Colley.
He praised the actions of ex-Sheffield FC manager Woodhouse, who was Goole’s assistant manager at the time but was promoted to manager yesterday.
He said: “Curtis Woodhouse, the boxer and former footballer, tried to drag Colley away. He did what he could.
“I couldn’t believe what was happening. I’ve seen a lot of things at football games but never anything like that.
“I filmed two approaches, when he swings and narrowly misses one of the Coalville fans. It could have been terrible.
“I don’t know what the FA’s plans are. I would give my account and let them have the video. It’s the first I’ve uploaded to YouTube and it went crazy.”
Ex-Mansfield and Lincoln boss David Holdsworth, who is also an ex-Blade, left the Northern Premier League First Division South club after the home loss.
New Goole boss Woodhouse, 33, who fights Darren Hamilton for the British light-welterweight title on February 22, said on Twitter: “I would just like to confirm that I have accepted the position of manager at Goole AFC – looking forward to the challenge.”
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