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Never witnessed a scene like that, Ebbsfleet keeper has done an absolute Cantona, jumping the hoardings into the fans. If a fan had jumped on the pitch, they’d have been arrested. He can’t be all there, head gone!
Fans were shocked at what they witnessed and one even tweeted: “Never witnessed a scene like that, Ebbsfleet keeper has done an absolute Cantona, jumping the hoardings into the fans,” in reference to Manchester United forward Eric Cantona’s scuffle with Crystal Palace fans in 1995.
Boreham Wood report say the situation was contained when “two sensible home fans and our quick response stewards restrained the irate ‘keeper and averted any actual trouble from occurring.”
A few days earlier, Eastleigh fan Martin Lombardi was fined £650 and ordered to pay £600 compensation to Ashmore for shouting foul language towards the Ebbsfleet goalkeeper during a match in April. He was also told to pay £300 costs and £65 victim surcharge.
However, the club have said there was no element of racial abuse from their fans on Saturday.
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“We have ascertained from our enquiries, that some supporters behind the goal were calling him a ‘nonce,’ and commenting on his weight, as he went about his normal goalkeeping duties, and especially when he took his goal kicks.
“We genuinely wish to apologise to Nathan and want to reassure people, that though this incident was hurtful to him as an individual, and is not acceptable – it was in no way racial, as some fans have speculated.
“In truth, the make up of our club, our squad, our staff and the fact that we reside in cosmopolitan North London and South Herts, would make that accusation quite ridiculous. As a club, we have prided ourselves and ensured over many, many years, that our employment policies regarding our day to day staff, our playing staff and the make up of our coaching staff and academy scholars, that we are a totally inclusive organisation.
“We are totally colour blind, gender blind and do not tolerate any form of religious bigotry. We simply look for the right people, with the correct attitude, discipline and desire, whenever we employ staff. We would also operate a zero tolerance of any supporter found guilty of any racial overtones. In light of the incident today, we can only give you any further facts, as and when they are verified.
“We will neither blow the situation up nor will we play it down. We already recognise, that It is not acceptable for any goalkeeper to be called names – as such, our football safety officer began a thorough investigation and that investigation started directly after today’s game.
“We do however feel that it was a shame that Nathan felt compelled to jump the safety barrier, as it inflamed the situation. It was a situation that could have been much better controlled, if he had simply pointed out the name callers to a steward – as his actions put himself and others in harms way. That said, we do understand that logical thinking when emotions are running high, is not always possible.
“Luckily, we can report, after the chief steward’s debrief, was that two sensible home fans and our quick response stewards restrained the irate ‘keeper and averted any actual trouble from occurring. The fact other players from both sides felt the need to get a closer look is also regrettable – but for all those who watch football, that was nothing more than we see every week, when the handbag brigade start to push and shove each other at a corner and nothing more…
“We are though asking for anyone who saw this incident, or anyone who has footage or information to come forward in confidence and give a statement to our football safety officer. We will ensure that any supporter found to be behaving in a manner not conducive to an inclusive family club – will be banned immediately.”
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