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Video emerges of player punching opponent in off-the-ball incident during pre-season friendly

Video emerges of player Ross Tokely punching his opponent in an off-the-ball incident during a pre-season friendly at the weekend.

Tokely, 44, was heavily criticised on social media after a video of the ex-Huntly, Inverness, Ross County, Brora Rangers, St Duthus, Loch Ness player went viral.

Now at Nairn County in the Highland League, the clip shows him hitting out in a game against Western Isles in Stornoway.

The footage was uploaded by Island Footie, produced a huge reaction outrage, with former Hibernian forward Tam McManus tweeting on: “One of the biggest p***** I ever had the misfortune to come across in football. Big Tokes.”

Tokely is described by Record Sport as a no-nonsense player. This isn’t the first time he caused anger, as throughout his time in the SPFL, the St Mirren faithful slammed a tackle of his which injured the cruciate ligament of a promising youngster Chris Kerr back in 1999. The latter couldn’t play again for 18 months and sadly while trying to get his career back up and running again, it unfortunately faded out.

Tokely recalled a few years years later: “I remember the incident vaguely and it is not something I am proud of.”

Speaking in 2011, Tokely added: “The St Mirren fans are never going to let it go and it’s getting a bit boring now. But I thrive on it, it doesn’t bother me. I vaguely remember it, it’s not something I’m proud of. It was a lot of years ago but fans never forget. I’m just here to play for Caley and if they want to give me stick then that’s up to them.”

While turning out for Inverness, he faced the longest spell out of the team in 2007, when he missed a month of first team action after being sent off for an off the ball punch on Motherwell player Steven McGarry.

As the Highland club unsuccessfully battled against relegation in 2009, manager Terry Butcher joked that he wanted his side to achieve more league points than Tokely’s total of disciplinary points.

Tokely was issued with further disciplinary points as he was sent off for a professional foul on the final day of that season against Falkirk. Inverness went on to lose the decisive match 1–0, and were consequently relegated.

Social media users reacted as the video emerges of a player punching his opponent in an off-the-ball incident during a pre-season friendly in Scotland…

@KevD63: Tokley should be banned from all levels of football for life & facing charges for violent assault

@weesooty: Absolutely shocking, hopefully Nairn will deal with him in the proper way, he is supposed to be setting an example to younger players, it’s time for him to quit or be sacked.

@hirsimuse: What ban? That’s assault! Should be arrested.

@CalumHutchens: Got the ball I think. Fair tackle

@Mr_Mark_Brown: That’s absolutely shocking. No place for that in any game, never mind a friendly. Hope that results in a healthy ban.

@dadbegg: Should be banned for several games. That’s appalling.

@SaintSlimJim: Some things never change

@clumz10: Horrendous. Still scandalous that bricklayer had a career in football

@PunkyTeuchter: He’s not changed then.

@CharltonGraeme: Always been a thug tbh!

@DavidBr0wn51: Not remotely surprising from him

@AlcalasNoseband: Thug. Happy with that @NairnCounty

@yanskibhoy: Not great officiating there

@Ewan_McF: I’ve seen 17 year old kids lose the rag in competitive football matches. But a middle aged ex-professional acting like that in a friendly is an embarrassment. @NairnCounty do yourself a favour, cut your ties with that has-been and give a chance to a promising young defender.

@iain_mac76: It actually looks worse each time you see it, hopefully he will have some sort of retrospective action taken against him. No need for that at any level of football.

@FKopee23: Absolute weapon of a guy

@pablocords: Friendly you say!

@flammable_sheep: Teammate saw and said nothing too. Awful

Martin Stuart: Seen him, in the SFHL with Brora a big intimidating bully well past his sell by date . To do that to a lower level player reeks of badness and lack of control. Nairn will do nothing as he is cosy with the manager an ex colleague at Brora.

Matt Armitt: He’s a rat

Alistair Haydock: Guy was a liability, Chris Kerr’s career was ruined by him.

Katey Kelly: Thug… wtf he doing playing at 44.🙄🙄

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