Shocked supporters called for harsh punishment for a footballer trapped on camera who appeared to be outrageously taking the step of a rival. Some disgruntled bystanders argued the incident was a criminal offense.

Preston’s Darnell Fisher was up against his defense colleague Callum Paterson when he appeared to be touching the Sheffield Wednesday star with his left hand in a sensitive area.

After Paterson stepped back and appeared to be giving a disapproving expression to an out-of-shot figure, Darnell re-entered and held out his other hand, pushing part of Paterson’s groin out of his shorts.

Paterson did not respond to the apparent groping as he passed Fisher after the skirmish in the second half, though he was later substituted in the half.

@EFL If I did that in public I would expect to be arrested, it’s sexual assault and has no place in football. Anyone who finds this acceptable under all circumstances should not be allowed in public. Bet you won’t do anything about it? !

– Ian Fletcher (@ ifletch78) November 21, 2020

Sexual assault. Seriously, if that’s presented to the FA these days, it’ll get at least a 3-game ban.

– Thomas Sharman (@ sharmo79) November 21, 2020

The footage of the bizarre encounter reached more than 178,000 views on Twitter within half an hour of Preston’s 1-0 win, sparking an avalanche of memes and allegations against 24-year-old Fisher.

“Oh my god,” replied a surprised viewer. “Did I just see Fisher Paterson grab the balls?”

Others took the scandal seriously, flagging local Preston police as they claimed they had seen a crime and demanding that Fisher be given a sentence as severe as that of English rugby player Joe Marler, who was charged for 10 weeks The genitals of a Welsh player were barred from seizing earlier this year.

Wednesday fans who say Fisher sexually assaulted Paterson, hahahahahaha, get a grip

– Dan Kellett (@DanKellettPNE) November 21, 2020

“If I did that in public, I would expect to be arrested,” another told the English Football League account.

“It’s a sexual assault and has no place in football. Anyone who thinks it’s acceptable under any circumstances shouldn’t be publicly allowed. I bet you won’t do anything about it.”

“For Christ’s sake,” said one onlooker, surprised that Fisher had stayed on the pitch, pointing to the strong reaction to Sergio Aguero’s recent decision to touch a referee.

Paterson’s thing bothers me more.

– Laura Lawrence (@YICETOR) November 21, 2020

Maybe he really likes men with 80s-style mustaches 😂

– Anthany Baldwin (@Anthany_Scamp) November 21, 2020

I take this pornstar a little too literally for my liking! 😂

– Jim Capel (@ Jimaldinho1867) November 21, 2020

“There was an uproar when Aguero patted a line woman on the shoulder.”

Some followers joked that the altercation immediately brought to mind one of the most notorious incidents ever spotted in a match in England, when well-known hardmen Vinnie Jones and Paul Gascoigne were embroiled in a cruelly sensitive moment.

The stubborn Jones was portrayed grimly as he dipped his hand back into the crotch of the twitching English midfielder Gascoigne, resulting in a photo that has since become an icon.

Still, there was an uproar when Aguero patted a line woman on the shoulder

– James Hall (@ jehall84) November 21, 2020

Patterson didn’t even respond !! How strange??

– Miranda @ (@WedMiranda) November 21, 2020

Colorful striker Dean Windass appeared to recreate the scene when he snapped Gascoigne in the same area during a Premier League game between Bradford and Middlesbrough in 1999.

Windass pleaded his innocence when he was accused of making the same move against an opposing player twice in one game in 2006, infuriating then-Cheltenham manager John Ward – a man who clearly would badly see the excitement surrounding Fisher.

“It’s a very nasty thing that doesn’t happen very often in professional football,” Ward said at the time. “Hopefully I won’t see it again for a long time.”

Can’t write it. Barky just brought out the line, “Darnell’s a good ball player.” # Pnefc

– George Hodgson (@GHodgsonSport) November 21, 2020

Windass’ son Josh plays for Wednesday and was sent off after just 17 minutes of the game between Fisher and Paterson’s side after engaging in a high-level tackle that the BBC described as “terrible”.

New Wednesday’s boss Tony Pulis claimed he failed to notice Darnell’s offense and correctly predicted the reaction on Twitter.

“I didn’t see it, but if that’s the case then it is,” the veteran coach told the Sheffield Star.

“I’m sure everyone on social media and everywhere people are looking now is going to go up in flames now if they did that.”

Match winner Tom Barkhuizen quipped the local media: “Darnell is a good ball player.”



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