Eric Dier’s row with fan is latest explosive bust-up after Cantona, Evra, Carragher and Co took on crowd control duties – The Sun
SOMETIMES, in the heat of the moment, sports stars lose their cool.
Last night Tottenham footballer Eric Dier leapt into the stands to confront a fan, who was reportedly giving his brother some grief after Spurs were dumped out of the FA Cup by Norwich on penalties.
And the England star isn't the only sportsman who has had a bust-up with the fans when things aren't going to plan.
SunSport takes a look at the incidents that have divided the players from the fans… literally.
Perhaps the most famous of all, in 1995 the tempestuous Frenchman leapt into the stands at Selhurst Park to kung-fu kick Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons after getting sent off for Manchester United.
Simmons was alleged to have said, "F*** off back to France, you French b******" after running down 11 rows of stairs to vent his anger the Red Devils legend.
Cantona was banned for eight months by the FA, as well as fined £30,000 for the indiscretion.
United would later go on to lose the Premier League title that season to Blackburn Rovers.
There must something about French footballers and kung-fu.
Left back Patrice Evra saw red when he was taunted by Marseille fans before a Europa League match against Vitoria in 2017.
Evra initially vaulted over the advertising hoardings and beckoned the abusers down to pitch side.
A melee then ensued which saw a group of supporters and some of the French side's players confronting each other at the side of the pitch.
Evra then managed to escape his team-mates, who were holding him back, and aimed a kick at the side of a fans' head.
He was charged by Uefa, banned from european competition for a year, and Marseille soon terminated his contract.
England cricket hero Stokes blighted the gentleman's game when he launched a foul-mouthed rant at a fan in the stands during England's fourth test match against South Africa.
In fairness to the brilliant all-rounder, he was said to be provoked by the supporter who allegedly compared him to Ed Sheeran, and then called Stokes a "Ginger c***".
Stokes' repost, "Come and say it to me outside the ground, you f***** four-eyed c***” was picked up by TV cameras.
He avoided suspension, but was fined £2,250 and given one demerit point.
Incredibly, Xhaka has managed to turn the boo-boys around at Arsenal.
But it all got a little heated when he had a poor game against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium last October.
Then-Gunners manager Unai Emery withdrew him from proceedings, and as he was subbed off the decision was sarcastically cheered by the home faithful.
It didn't help Xhaka's cause that he reacted by waving his arms, cupping his ears and seemingly mouthing "f*** off" twice before pushing Emery's handshake away, and storming off down the tunnel shirtless.
His actions cost him the club's captaincy, but he's back in favour under new boss Mikel Arteta.
MALICE IN THE PALACE
It's not often a sports event is called off after a massive brawl, but that's what exactly happened when the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers faced off in the NBA in 2004.
With the Pacers leading 97-82, a foul by Ron Artest (known now as Meta World Peace) caused a flare up between both sets of benches.
When the fight was broken up, a fan then threw a drink at Artest as he was lying on the scorer's table to cool himself down.
Artest charged after the fan, causing further ruckus that lasted several minutes.
The NBA suspended nine players for a total of 146 games after the game. Five players were charged with assault, and eventually sentenced to a year of probation and community service.
Five fans also faced criminal charges and were banned from attending Pistons home games for life.
In 2018, after covering Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool for Sky, Carragher was making his way back home in his car.
A video surfaced of him being goaded by a fan, carrying his 14-year-old daughter in a separate car shouting, "Unlucky Jamie lad. Two, one."
Carragher reacted by spitting in the direction of his taunter and was suspended by Sky Sports.
The Reds legend called it "the worst mistake" of his career, and he apologised for his actions.
Becks' love affair with the LA Galaxy fans was severely tested when he went on loan to AC Milan.
Many felt that he had betrayed the club by going to Italy, and they let him know it when he returned to the US to play at the Home Depot Center by booing him.
The Three lions hero, who had previous when he flipped a finger at England fans after a Euro 2000 defeat to Portugal, got upset and went over to the stands to confront a fan.
He was held back by security staff after telling the supporter to "come down here" to tell him his feeling to his face.
But Becks' won them around, and was given a hero's welcome on his last ever game for the Galaxy – winning the MLS Cup.
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