Preston North End’s Darnell Fisher faces FA probe after bizarrely grabbing Sheffield Wednesday player Callum Paterson’s genitals.
Footage was uploaded to social media on Saturday, and it seemingly shows the Lilywhites defender twice touching or should we say pinching the Owl’s Callum Paterson in the groin area.
The incident was picked up by cameras early in the second half as Preston defended a corner and you could see Paterson try and get the attention of referee David Webb after the first grab, but then Fisher repeated the action without a care in the world. Rather odd.
Preston ended up winning Saturday’s match 1-0 with the only goal of the game coming from Tom Barkhuizen, with new manager Tony Pulis in for his first match in charge at Wednesday.
— Chris Robinson (@ChrisIRobinson) November 21, 2020
Owls boss Tony Pulis said: “I haven’t seen it but I’m sure, with everybody on social media, he’ll be up in flames if he’s done that.”
North End goal scorer Tom Barkhuizen joked about the act when asked about what happened.
He replied: “Darnell is a good ball player.”
However, fans fumed on social media citing the severity of Fisher’s actions.
One said: “This type of behaviour shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere. Not down the pub, in the street or on a televised spots game.
“Action should be taken, unfortunately, I feel the incident will be laughed off as ‘footballers banter’. Shame.”
Another added: “Anywhere else in the country, it is sexual assault.”
Preston now sit 12th in the Championship table whilst Sheffield Wednesday remain 23rd.
There was also anger when Josh Windass went in with a high studs up challenge, only to get himself sent off. See that HERE.
The grab was reminiscent of Vinnie Jones’ infamous clench of Paul Gascoigne’s manhood during Newcastle’s clash with Wimbledon in 1988.
Legendary photo. Vinnie Jones welcoming Paul Gascoigne to a game, 1987. pic.twitter.com/DpvyxVO0MQ
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 30, 2015
Jones said: “The first thing I told him when I got near him was that I wouldn’t be playing any football and neither would he.
“I then left him, adding: ‘Hey, fatty, I’ll be back for you in a minute.’ Monte Fresco, the newspaper photographer, who eventually took THE picture of me and Gazza, heard that and decided to just concentrate on the pair of us. It was a gamble which paid off.
“As a Newcastle free-kick was being taken, I didn’t want Gazza to move forward towards the ball. As we’re jostling, he suddenly said to me: ‘You’re earning your £100 today.’
“It was meant as an insult, so I just grabbed him by the you-know-whats and it was spot-on. There was no messing. It was straight on the button and I didn’t let go.
“The match ended up 0-0 so I suppose everyone was glad the grab happened because there wasn’t much else to talk about.
“In the dressing room after the game, the lads were telling me what a great job I’d done on Gazza.
Then the door opened and one of the ground staff came in with a red rose, telling me that Gazza had sent it.
“I told him to hold on a minute while I ran into the toilet area and got the bog brush, and then asked him to go back to the Newcastle dressing room and hand it over to Gazza.”
Fraying the lines between horseplay and endangering life, Gascoigne exacted a measure of revenge later that year.
“Gazza came around to my house shortly after he had moved from Newcastle to Spurs,” recalled Jones. “He came over to join me in a bit of clay pigeon shooting.
“It turned out to be like an episode of Only Fools And Horses. He took a shot and turned around with his double-barrelled shotgun in my direction and said, ‘Do ya think I’m doing alreet like?’
“My mates and I fell to the floor with me yelling, ‘Point the gun the other way you stupid prat.’ Back came the reply: ‘Why don’t you try and grab my b******s now?!’
“We had great respect for one another and became big friends.”
More fans reacted as Darnell Fisher faces an FA probe after grabbing Callum Paterson’s genitals…
@EFL if I did that In public I would expect to be arrested, it’s sexual assault and has no place in football, anybody who thinks this is acceptable in any circumstances, shouldn’t be allowed out in public, bet you do nothing about it!
— Ian Fletcher (@ifletch78) November 21, 2020
That pornstache … he obviously got confused which balls they were meant to be playing with.
— PNE Fans Forum (@PNEFansForum) November 21, 2020
Sexual assault. On a serious note if that is presented to the FA in this day and age then he’s getting at least a 3 game ban.
— Thomas Sharman (@sharmo79) November 21, 2020
I mean it’s a bit different because he’s not pulling his hair, he’s pulling his cock.
— Chairman Lmao ☭ (@BenTheTim) November 21, 2020
I’m more disturbed by Paterson’s tache.
— Laura Lawrence (@YICETOR) November 21, 2020
I think he’s feeling his cock mate
— Matty (@mattyg295) November 21, 2020
He’s wank without needing that.
— RolandNilsson (@Gintit2k21) November 21, 2020
Feeling for the balls cos we ain’t got any!!! Fucking rubbish again
— BarryBoucher (@swfcbarry) November 21, 2020
Sexual assault, nothing less, none of that “blokes being blokes” shite either. If he’d done this to a woman, it would be a different story, but it shouldn’t be that way. Fuck FA probes, there should be a criminal investigation!
— I See Morons (@ZingyTheRobot) November 22, 2020
What’s he meant to do? Lamp him and get sent off/banned himself for the trouble?😂
— Teteris (@JamesTeteris) November 22, 2020
No it was sexual assault then and its sexual assault now simple as that
— Geoff White (@altoniansaint) November 22, 2020
That’s clearly handball
— Mack (@MacckkUTD) November 22, 2020
Glad to see the FA are to probe Fisher for touching Paterson’s genitals. You can’t be doing that willy nilly…
— Jason Lee 🇬🇧 (@ForeverAYellow) November 22, 2020