Football players are some of the most followed and admired people on the planet. Some of them achieve the status of god long before their careers come to an end. But situations take a turn for the worse at times, especially when fans come face to face with opposition players.
Pent up frustrations are bound to surface and boil over.
Here are the five times players and fans fought on the football pitch.
#1 Eran Zahavi (November 2014)
With the Tel Aviv derby all tied at 1-1 in Hapoel Tel Aviv's home stadium, Maccabi star Eran Zahavi was attacked by a fan who broke onto the pitch. The Israeli player was already hot topic, having played for both Hapoel and Maccabi. The midfielder had slotted home a penalty, which riled up the aggressive crowd even further.
The shirtless supporter first kicked the ball away, and then charged at the player. They both proceeded to exchange weak blows and a kick. Before things could escalate further, the guards stepped in along with other players present on the field. Things got further out of hand after the referee showed Zahavi the red card, leading to a huge uproar from the Maccabi players and coaching staff.
The players threatened to leave the pitch in retaliation to the unjust sending off. The game went on to last just ten more minutes, as more pitch invaders went on to disrupt the game. The referee was forced to call off the match.
The fan, later identified as Elroy Yadi, also caused an altercation with rival fans in court where he was brought up on charges. He has since been banned by the club.