Goalkeeper jumps into crowd to confront fan - mass brawl ensues at non-league match

Police called after Kingstonian stopper hops over the hoardings at the final whistle

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Footballers are too regularly abused by fans but rarely to they react like Kingstonian goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey.

At the final whistle of last night's non-league match against fellow Ryman League outfit Bognor Regis Town, Tolfrey did his best impersonation of Eric Cantona by jumping over the hoardings to confront a fan.

A confused looking Bognor player looked on before Tolfrey was restrained by a mixture of team-mates, fans - including one sporting a beard and a baseball cap - and stewards as he grappled with the supporter.

The confrontation, which saw other supporters in the stand having to back away, triggered further ugly scenes with a brawl between team-mates of the two sides ensuing.

Stewards and team-mates try to break up the confrontation


Eventually the players manage to clear from the pitch, with a still riled Tolfrey among the last of them to depart.

Watch the incident below...


Police were called to the incident amid reports a fan punched Tolfrey in the face. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called to a fight at Kingstonian FC around 9:45pm and we are currently investigating."

Kingstonian said in a statement on Tuesday: "Following the events from last night's Ryman League Premier Division match, Kingstonian Football Club is conducting a thorough investigation, whilst working closely alongside Bognor Regis Town FC, with whom we have an excellent relationship."