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George John Should File Assault Charges

By Simon Allen



FOXBORO, MA - MARCH 30: Fabian Castillo #7 of FC Dallas celebrates with teammate George John #14 of FC Dallas after scoring a goal late in the second half against the New England Revolution during the game at Gillette Stadium on March 30, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts
FOXBORO, MA - MARCH 30: Fabian Castillo #7 of FC Dallas celebrates with teammate George John #14 of FC Dallas after scoring a goal late in the second half against the New England Revolution during the game at Gillette Stadium on March 30, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts

It's like the 1980's all over again.

Margaret Thatcher is in the news, Adam Ant has a new Album out and Hooliganism is front and center in the world of Soccer.

Yes at Wembley with some Millwall fans but this weekend Hooliganism reared it's ugly head in America. Dallas, Texas.

In case you missed it, FC Dallas beat the MLS Champs Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in pretty interesting match. In the 87th minute George John headed the ball into the back of the LA net to secure the victory for Dallas. Initial reports said that he hit the back of his head on the right post, opening a cut.

In fact, a beer bottle had be lobbed into John's face by a fan sitting in the North End of FC Dallas Stadium. According to the Dallas Morning News John required staples to close the cut.

The “fan” who had thrown the bottle was identified as 33 year old Brandon Burns by the Frisco Police Department. Burns was arrested for public intoxication.

This incident would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad and shocking.

An FC Dallas fan throws a bottle at his own player.

George John, as of this writing, is not pursuing criminal charges. So let me get my 2 cents in. John should file assault charges. If the bottle hit another fan in the head, I am sure the fan would file assault charges so why not the player who's livelihood is at stake. By not filing charges, wannabe hooligans will copycat the incident knowing full well that most that will happen is they get placed in the local drunk tank, a 500 dollar fine and a possible 90 days in jail. A wannabe hooligan may think twice knowing the last guy who did something stupid got anywhere from 2 to 20 years in jail for assault with a deadly weapon.

What do you think?