Having witnessed Ron Artest lay out fans at the Palace last Friday night, it’s hard to imagine him confronting his combatants in a more collected manor, like with the words, “That’s out of order; You should not be doing that; Stop it!”
Well that is precisely what soccer player Dwight Yorke did this past weekend when faced with racial taunting prior to his team’s premiership matchup against Blackburn. The incident took place when the Birmingham striker noticed a fan of his former club directing monkey noises/actions in his direction. The 22-year old lout, Jason Perryman, was fined 1,000 pounds and received a five-year blacklisting from English soccer grounds for his racist actions.
Yorke’s peaceful reaction was rather different from soccer’s most infamous player/fan encounter; This year mark’s the 10th anniversary of Manchester United star Eric Cantona lunging into the London stands in a match against Chelsea to deliver a kung-fu drop kick to the chest of some idiot that made a comment about his mother.
Although Yorke’s restraint is to be admired, it’s a shame that Perryman wasn’t sitting courtside in Auburn Hills last Friday…cue Ron Artest.