A Crystal Palace supporter turned hooligan who attempted to punch defender Damien Delaney has not been given a ban despite admitting the attack, via the Mirror.
Jack Coles, from Worthing in East Sussex, jumped the barrier just before half time to confront the Palace centre back after watching his side go 4-0 to Sunderland on February 4 at Selhurst Park.
Coles had become frustrated like his fellow fans at the game who were chanting “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” and with his side conceding three goals in five minutes against their relegation rivals Sunderland in their “worst ever season” he took to the field.
Squaring up to Delaney he pushed his chest into the Palace player before attempting to punch him which didn’t connect, he was then restrained by stewards.
Palace had already taken action by confiscating Coles’ £500 season ticket but he escaped with just a fine of £180 from Croydon Magistrates Court, which was reduced to £120 because of his guilty plea.
Prosecutor Rahab Njoroge said: "The defendant was seen exiting the spectators stand by jumping the barriers and going onto the football pitch.
"The defendant than ran towards Damien Delaney, one of the football players, who was leaving the pitch at half time and confronted him in an aggressive manner.
"He was shoving his chest into Damien Delaney and then attempted to punch him, that is when he was restrained by security staff.
"The defendant was shown CCTV in his police interview and stated that he was watching the game and got frustrated as his team were doing very poorly.
"He stated 'they have been having their worst season ever'."
Coles however insisted he did not target Delaney specifically, he just went to the closest player. Adrian Butt, who was defending, said: "It appears the whole crowd were chanting 'you are not fit to wear the shirt'.
"It was a passionate moment and he wanted to express that they were playing so badly."
Coles also admitted to entering the playing area at a designated football match as well as using using threatening words or behaviour that could have caused alarm or distress.
On top of the £120 fine he was ordered to pay £85 costs and a surcharge of £55 to be taken out of his benefits, but was not banned from attending future football matches.