Sunday 22nd November 2020
Reach for the Crown Jewels? Darnell Fisher, professional footballer in England’s second division, attacks his opponent several times over the weekend. The referee does not see the scene, but in retrospect the scene causes a scandal. Fisher could be punished for a long time – also because of predecessors.
English professional footballer Darnell Fisher from second division Preston North End may face a penalty for allegedly touching an opponent’s genetics. The incident is said to have happened on Saturday during Preston’s Championship win against Sheffield Wednesday (1-0) at a corner kick. On TV images, it looked like defender Fisher was deliberately grabbing Sheffield striker Callum Paterson’s crotch.
According to British media, Fisher is said to have grabbed twice when Preston was defending a corner. Paterson looked rather confused and a little indignant after the two handles, but did not freak out. As the newspapers “Daily Mail” and “Guardian” reported on Sunday, the English Football Association (FA) is said to have intervened. Accordingly, the FA wants to investigate the incident.
New Wednesday coach Tony Pulis, who directed his first game, said after the game he hadn’t seen Fischer’s grip but added: “He’ll go up in flames if he does that.” Paterson, 26, has not yet asked employers to pursue the matter. It is therefore up to the football authorities to decide whether to punish them. First of all, referee David Webb should comment on this, who did not punish the action during the game. The FA is still waiting for his report. If the suspicion is confirmed, Fisher must expect a longer suspension.
Fisher’s action was reminiscent of the infamous picture of Vinnie Jones grabbing England’s superstar Paul Gascoigne in the crotch during a game between Newcastle and Wimbledon in 1988. England international rugby player Joe Marler was suspended for 10 weeks earlier this year for grabbing Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones in the direction of the move in a Six Nations game.