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Stevenage Player Punched By Fan After Shock FA Cup Win: Video

Immediately after Stevenage shocked Newcastle United in the FA Cup with a 3-1 win Saturday, Stevenage defender Scott Laird was punched in the face by a soccer fan who ran on to the pitch at Broadhall Way.

It’s not known whether the person who punched Laird was a Newcastle United or Stevenage supporter.

“It is a shame for the afternoon to end in that way,” Stevenage manager Graham Westley said. “He is a bit bewildered. He gave him a right-hander, just smashed him across the cheek and knocked him to the ground. He said to me, ‘It’s lucky I’ve got a big head to take it.’ It was a sad way for things to end.”

The FA will investigate the incident.

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9 Responses to Stevenage Player Punched By Fan After Shock FA Cup Win: Video

  1. Chris says:

    What a coward. Hit a man then run off.

  2. Andy K says:

    “It’s not known whether the person who punched Laird was a Newcastle United or Stevenage supporter.”

    Well, I think I know which one my money is on.

  3. soonerscotty says:

    absolutely disgusting.

  4. footyna says:

    Wow, that was a pretty decent punch. Wish somebody chased after the guy…

  5. Borobear says:

    Word from the terraces is it was an infiltrator, possibly a Luton fan or just someone intent on hitting someone. Apparently he’d approached two or three lads before Scotty. Last time we met a lot of Geordies got in amongst us and though it missed the child at the time I saw a supposed fan attempt to rugby tackle a small child celebrating the draw, he missed and was caught at the time thankfully.

    During the game he was supposedly pissed and amongst the main regulars and nobody recognises him just a shame that one of our greatest moments in the clubs short history should be overshadowed by this disgrace.

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