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Goalkeeper drinks from bottle fan ‘urinated’ in before being sent off for spraying him

Goalkeeper drinks from bottle fan ‘urinated’ in before being sent off for spraying him

On Saturday, a goalkeeper was dismissed for spraying an opposing fan who, according to him, had urinated in his water bottle before he drank from it.

Warrington Town’s FA Trophy loss against Guiseley was played out between the posts by Tony Thompson of their non-league squad.

Following an incident that has been deemed a “disgrace,” Thompson was sent off in the 61st minute with the score at 0-0.

During the game, Warrington’s Twitter account tweeted: “Just managed to catch Thompson on his way back in [to the changing rooms] – an away fan has apparently urinated in his water bottle, and then when Thompson has squirted it at said ‘fan’ after finding out, he’s been sent off.”

After the game, Thompson posted the following:  “Today I fell out of love with the GAME! I’ve been called many names but for someone to p*** in my bottle, for me to drink it and then to be told I wasn’t allowed to react because I’m a player is outrageous.

“That person has put me my family’s health at risk and knocked me sick.”

The incident created a lengthy delay during the second round match at Cantilever Park, Warrington’s home stadium. Before the referee opted to send Thompson a red card, players confronted supporters behind the goal, and the fan in question was expelled from the stadium.

Lewis Whitham scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute for Guiseley, but Warrington manager Mark Beesley was more angry with the incident involving the fan than the final score.

Speaking after the game, Beesley told the Warrington Guardian : “I don’t think I’ll ever be involved in anything like that again. The Guiseley staff apologised – it was disgusting and there’s no place in life for things like that.

“I think the referee has completely lost control after that – if someone urinates in my bottle and I drink it, I’m going to throw it away. To send him off for throwing the bottle away is a disgrace.

“It’s hard to talk about the football when such a big incident like that happens. From our point of view, the welfare of our players is paramount and what Tony was subjected to was disgraceful.

“Whoever did it should hang their head in shame and never be allowed into a football game again. The referee has to see common sense – I can’t understand it.”

Matlock Town sent their support to Thompson after the game, commenting on his tweet: “We stand with you Tony It’s absolutely disgusting to hear what has happened to you at your game and we send our best wishes to you.”

Others remarked on the post, branding the incident “appalling”, “beyond horrendous” and a “disgrace”.

Goalkeeper drinks from bottle fan ‘urinated’ in before being sent off for spraying him

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