A non-league football player has said he “fell ill” after accidentally drinking alcohol from a drink bottle filled with a rival supporter’s urine.
Tony Thompson, a goalkeeper for Warrington Town in England, was furious after being sent off during the club’s 1-0 defeat at home to Guiseley on Saturday. He was confronted by a supporter who allegedly filled the goalkeeper’s drink bottle with urine.
“Today I fell back in love with the game,” Thompson wrote on Twitter.
“I have been called many names but for someone to urinate in my bottle, make me drink it and then be told I was not allowed to react because I am a sportsman. That person abused me and my has put the health of the family at risk and made me ill.”
The FA Trophy match was halted around the hour as the players confronted fans behind the goal at Cantilever Park in Warrington. Warrington play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of football in England.
Upon Thompson’s dismissal, Warrington manager Mark Beesley told the Warrington Guardian: “The Gucelle staff apologized – it was disgusting and there is no place in life for such things. I think the referee completely lost control after that. If someone pees in my bottle and I drink it, so I’m going to throw it up.” remove it. It is an insult to send him to throw the bottle away.
“Referees should have seen common sense – I just can’t understand it. From our perspective, the welfare of our players is paramount and what happened to Tony was shameful. Whoever did this should hang their head in shame and never repeat a be allowed in football games again.”
Warrington posted on Twitter during the game: “An away fan has apparently urinated in his water bottle, and then when Thompson said ‘fan’ he was sent off after being detected.”
Guiseley issued a statement on Sunday: “We strongly condemn this shameful act.
“We condemn the actions of the individuals concerned and we will work with the Town of Warrington and the police to identify them.
“If the individuals involved can be identified they will receive a lifetime ban from participating in Guiseley AFC fixtures.”