Karl Colley: Ex-Goole defender banned for trying to punch fan

Karl Colley

A non-league player who tried to punch a fan has been banned until October by the Football Association.

Goole captain Karl Colley confronted a Coalville fan on three separate occasions after being sent off in last month's 3-0 defeat in the Northern Premier League First Division South.

The East Yorkshire club, now managed by professional boxer Curtis Woodhouse, described the incident as "deplorable"external-link and sacked the 30-year-old defender.

The FA also fined Colley £150.

The former Newcastle United trainee, who reacted angrily to chanting from away fans following his red card on 25 January, went into the stands and aimed a punch at a supporter after initially being held back by staff, including Woodhouse.

An FA statement read: "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 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."

The incident happened 19 years to the day after Eric Cantona's kung-fu kick at a Crystal Palace fan, an incident which earned the Frenchman an eight-month suspension.