No ban-kini for assailant
The non-league player who was sent-off after rugby tackling a mankini-wearing pitch invader has been told he will not face a ban over the incident.
Dorchester Town’s player-manager Ashley Vickers was set for a three-match ban after his controversial red card. But the FA has announced that, although the red card stands, the ban will not be applied.
Following the incident, Vickers said: “I’m dumbfounded and speechless. A guy ran on to the pitch without any of the stewards getting near him and I thought I was doing them a favour. My only thought was to get hold him so we could get on with the game. I managed to grab him and bring him to the ground and the funny thing was the stewards actually thanked me for it. But the ref decided to send me off and it beggars belief.”
Fortunately for him, the FA seems inclined to agree. They said that, while the referee was right to dismiss the defender for violent conduct under the laws of the game, the circumstances were exceptional.
Meanwhile, Havant and Waterlooville fan Alan Young – the victim of Vickers’ vigilante attack – has praised the defender’s rugby prowess.
He said: “It was only a bit of a joke. We all agreed at my local pub on Sunday I’d do it as a bet.
“The security there were too slow but Vickers caught me quite well. He should be a rugby player.”
Young himself has now landed his own FA charge for supporter misconduct.