A Yeovil Town fan was ejected from Home Park during the Somerset team’s 4 – 1 loss to Plymouth Argyle for allegedly signing chants aimed towards Pilgrims goalkeeper Luke McCormick.
A video uploaded by Twitter user Daniel Hext (@HextDJ) shows the Glovers supporter being dragged away by two Plymouth stewards while other members of the away support protest.
One angry Town supporter can even be heard shouting “That bloke’s a murderer”, as the camera is pointed towards the home goalie.
McCormick often faces backlash from opposition fans after his 2008 conviction for causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.
The Argyle captain was travelling back from a friend’s wedding when his Range Rover collided with a Toyota Previa, resulting in the death of Arron and Ben Peak, aged 10 and 8.
After being released from prison in 2012, the 33-year-old had stints with non-league Truro City and Oxford United before rejoining the Devon club.
It is understood that the fan in question was not allowed back in the ground after being ejected, although it is not known whether any further action was taken.
Normally I would be condemning my fellow Yeovil supporters for singing chants that are, let’s face it, a bit immature and silly, but on this occasion my anger goes towards the Plymouth Argyle stewards.
Someone will have to let me know if they have any grounds whatsoever to be allowed to eject somebody for singing a song, but my guess is that they don’t.
What makes the situation worse is that the video clearly shows the fan not being told exactly why he is being thrown out, and the way he is forcibly dragged down the steps is borderline disgraceful.
It’s yet another example of Football League stewards escalating a situation and causing more confusion and chaos, rather than dealing with it rationally.
Whether you think chants aimed toward McCormick are in bad taste or not, I’m sure that everyone will agree with my when I say that questions must be asked about how the Argyle stewards conducted themselves during the incident.
Incidentally, it seems as if YTFC’s Police Liason Officer is already on the case.