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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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  1. Borobear

    January 9, 2011 at 5:28 am

    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.

  2. footyna

    January 9, 2011 at 12:21 am

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

  3. soonerscotty

    January 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    absolutely disgusting.

  4. Andy K

    January 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    “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.

    • The Gaffer

      January 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Same here Andy. But I’m not going to guess without having confirmation.

      The Gaffer

      • The Gaffer

        January 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        Looks like it was a Stevenage fan. He was raving a red and white scarf and supposedly asked the player to get his shirt. When he allegedly said no, the bloke slugged him.

        The Gaffer

  5. Chris

    January 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    What a coward. Hit a man then run off.

    • jonathan edge

      January 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      i imagine it’s more for fear of legal retaliation than of fear of a physical confrontation with Laird.

      • Evan

        January 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm

        Does that make him any less of a coward?

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