Fan attack player faces Football Association charge

LONDON (AFP) - The player dubbed English "non-league football's answer to Eric Cantona" has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association (FA) after his furious confrontation with a fan last weekend, the governing body announced on Wednesday.

Karl Colley, 30, was filmed angrily running into the stands to face down a supporter of opponents Coalville after being sent off in Goole's 3-0 defeat at their Victoria Pleasure Grounds home in north-east England.

Video footage, which was posted on the YouTube website, showed Colley making three attempts to tackle the fan and also appearing to throw a punch amidst a flurry of abusive language.

The incident took place on Saturday, 19 years to the day since Cantona's infamous 'gong-fu' kick attack on a fan.

The FA, in a brief statement, said former Newcastle youth player Colley would have seven days to respond to the charge.

"Karl Colley has been charged for improper conduct in relation to his behaviour in or around the 54th minute of the match between Goole and Coalville Town on 25 January 2014.

"The incident, which followed the former Goole player's dismissal during the game, fell outside the jurisdiction of the match officials.

"Colley has until 5 February 2014 to respond to the charge."

The 30-year-old Colley, who had been the club captain, was sacked by Goole shortly after the match.

Former Manchester United star Cantona was banned for nine months for his gong-fu kick at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons after being red-carded at Selhurst Park in January 1995.