The ’embarrassing’ incident overshadows Guiseley’s FA Trophy victory after a fan allegedly URINED into Warrington Town goalkeeper Tony Thompson’s drink, which he then squirted in the supporter’s face before being sent off.
- A Guiseley AFC fan allegedly urinated in Tony Thompson’s drink on Saturday
- The Warrington Town goalkeeper was one of two home players sent off
- As a result, the supporter in question was later removed from Cantilever Park.
- A video showed a fan changing a bottle of water left in the goal for a similar one
- Thompson later took to Twitter to reveal that he had fallen in love with the game.
- He also explained that the incident put his health and that of his family at risk.
Guiseley AFC narrowly beat Warrington Town in a closely contested 1-0 FA Trophy fixture on Saturday, but the game was overshadowed by an “embarrassing” incident involving sections of the away support and the Warrington goalkeeper.
Tony Thompson was sent off in the 60th minute after an altercation with a Guiseley fan, after the fan allegedly urinated in his drink.
Video showed the fan jumping over the barriers between the stands and the field, apparently swapping Thompson’s bottle for a similar one, labeled “p***** in keepers juice.”
After realizing what had occurred, Thompson is reported to have thrown the bottle in the face of the alleged offending fan, leading to a lengthy delay in the game which saw referee Ben Robinson send off the unfortunate goalie.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be involved in anything like that again,” Warrington boss Mark Beesley said.
“Guiseley staff apologized, it was disgusting and there is no place in life for things like that.
A fan was filmed entering the pitch before changing the goalkeeper’s bottle for another.
“I think the referee has completely lost control after that: if someone urinates in my bottle and I drink it, I’m going to throw it away.” Throwing him out for throwing the bottle is a shame.
“It’s difficult to talk about football when an incident as big as that happens.
“From our point of view, the well-being of our players is paramount and what Tony suffered was shameful.
Tony Thompson admitted on Twitter that the incident “has left me sick”.
‘Whoever did this should put their heads down and they would never be allowed into a football game again.
“The referee has to see common sense, I can’t understand it.”
Guiseley issued a statement saying:
“The club have requested CCTV and match footage from Warrington Town so we can investigate the incident involving a spectator entering the pitch and exchanging Tony Thompson’s drinks bottle in the second half of the match.
“We are aware of a video circulating on social media showing an individual exchanging the bottles in the goal area, and that the replaced bottle allegedly contained urine. We unreservedly condemn this shameful action.
‘Guiseley AFC is a family football club with a core of committed and regular traveling supporters.
“Unfortunately we do not have any information on the identity of this individual. We urge anyone who can help identify them to email email@example.com.
This information will be used in our investigation along with footage from the match.
“We deplore the actions of the people involved and will work together with Warrington Town and the police to identify them. If the people involved can be identified, they will receive lifetime bans from attending Guiseley AFC matches.
“No further comment will be made at this time.”
Warrington were narrowly beaten late in a game that came down to the final minute, when visiting striker Lewis Whitham scored in the death.
Thompson wasn’t the only player to be ejected, as teammate Josh Amis also left early and had just come off the bench.
Thompson himself took to Twitter after the game to express his own shock and frustration, admitting that the incident had made him fall in love with the game.
He wrote: ‘I fell in love with the GAME today! I’ve been called many names, but for someone to pee in my bottle, for me to drink it, and then to be told I wasn’t allowed to react because I’m a gamer is outrageous.
“That person has put the health of my family at risk and has left me sick.”
The fan in question has reportedly been removed from Cantilever Park, though whether further action will be taken remains to be seen.