The Football Association is to launch an enquiry after Scott Laird was punched by a fan while celebrating a shock FA Cup win against Newcastle.
Videos were immediately circulated on the internet after the Stevenage defender was attacked as supporters ran on to the pitch at the final whistle.
The win saw a 3-1 victory for the League Two side, against their Premier League rivals, in a live televised match at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium.
Grainy mobile phone images show Laird celebrating on the halfway line after the game.
He is suddenly attacked by the fan who punches Laird n the face, knocking the player to the ground.
Laird said: “It was a fantastic day for everyone at Stevenage and I don’t want to let the incident after the game take the gloss away from that.
“I’m ok and just looking ahead to our next league game and hopefully another three points,” the defender added.
Stevenage manager Graham Westley said the attack marred the most glorious night in the club’s history.
Westley said: “Scott Laird was stood celebrating with the fans and a fan just came over and smashed him from the side.
Phil Wallace, Stevenage’s chairman said, “He went to the ground and it is a shame for the afternoon to end in that way.
“He is a bit bewildered. He (the fan) gave him a right-hander, just smashed him across the cheek and knocked him to the ground.
Police and the Football Association are investigating the attack.
This time it was a fist – who knows what it could be next time.