Newcastle United are likely to face some sort of sanction from the game’s governing body after video footage emerged of Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka being struck by a bottle thrown from the away end partway through Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
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Whilst the Eagles academy graduate came away unharmed, both sets of supporters have quite rightly condemned the supporter responsible and called for them to be banned from future matches. No footballer deserves to have things thrown at them by the opposition under any circumstances but in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, I really am struggling to see why anyone would be motivated to cause him harm.
There is always a temptation to tar every member of a travelling band of supporters with the same brush but in truth, one moron’s actions do not represent the majority. In fact, the response from 99% of Newcastle fans in the time since the footage came to light has been exactly the same as that of the Palace faithful. Yesterday afternoon saw rumours surface to suggest that the culprit had been found and would now be banned from attending future games but at the time of writing, no official comment has been made by Newcastle themselves to that end.
Football fans are often vilified in the mainstream press en masse because of isolated incidents exactly like this. Whenever you get a large group of people together in one place with something as emotionally involving as a football match taking place in front of them, it only takes one foolish action to give those with an agenda the chance to pile in.
Ideally, the culprit will be identified and dealt with accordingly, allowing Newcastle and football in general to move on with their head held high. To Wan-Bissaka’s credit, he made next to nothing of the incident and seemed intent to just get on with the game; as each week passes, I am more and more impressed by what the 20-year-old brings to the table.