We have all seen players get into rows with the crowd. The core of supporters can at times seem to be to wind up the opposition players either by abusing them vocally or throwing whatever they can get their hands on in the poor footballer’s direction.
And sometimes players take the bait. Erik Cantona served a nine month ban for kicking a Crystal Palace supporter in 1995.
But rarely do we see managers join in. Much less with their own supporters.
However, former Arsenal center half Nelson Vivas was sacked this weekend after he got into a brawl with a supporter. For those who struggle to remember, Vivas joined the Gunners in 1998 and served as a back-up to Nigel Winterburn and Tony Adams until he left for Inter in 2001. He has later moved into management, but his career has hit a temporary (or permanent) snag.
His team, Argentina premisership side Quilmes, had just drawn 1-1 with Atletico Rafaela. One of the fans decided to confront his team’s manager. Vivas then proceeded to punch his critic. Not surprisingly, the affair led to Vivas’ dismissal as head coach.
So is physical violence an acceptable measure to shut obnoxious supporters up? You be the judge.