Footballer avoids a ban after tackling streaker

The streaker on the pitch at West Leigh Park.    Picture: Dave Haines
The streaker on the pitch at West Leigh Park. Picture: Dave Haines

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A FOOTBALLER who tackled a pitch invader wearing a ‘mankini’ during a match has had his three-match ban overturned.

Centre-half for Dorchester Town Ashley Vickers was given a red card when he tackled 20-year-old Alan Young, of Paulsgrove, during a match against Havant and Waterlooville, at West Leigh Park.

But player-manager Ashley, 39, was shocked when referee David Spain sent him off for violent misconduct.

An appeal was lodged with the FA, who say the card still stands, but the ban has been lifted.

Speaking about the decision, Ashley said: ‘I’m glad I’m not banned, but the red card will still leave a sour taste in my mouth.

‘I had a few sleepless nights about it and I can’t believe how much attention it received.

‘It’s been crazy, at first I felt bad about it.

‘But I’m glad members of the public have been really supportive – these past few weeks have been a rollercoaster.

‘Now I just want to put it behind me and get on with playing football again.’