Preston’s Darnell Fisher is twice caught on camera grabbing Callum Paterson’s GENITALS during Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday – and defender could face big ban after FA probe
- Darnell Fisher twice grabbed the genitalia of Callum Paterson while marking him at a corner during Saturday’s Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday match
- Video footage of the incident emerged and circulated on social media
- The Football Association will investigate Fisher after referee’s report is filed
- It evoked memories of Vinnie Jones squeezing Paul Gascoigne’s testicles in 1988
- England rugby player Joe Marler was given 10-week ban for a similar incident
The Football Association will investigate Preston defender Darnell Fisher’s grabbing of Callum Paterson’s genitalia during the Championship match which marked Tony Pulis’ return to management.
Video footage emerged of Fisher twice appearing to grope Paterson’s private parts – once with either hand – at a corner during 10-man Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Deepdale.
It evoked memories of Vinnie Jones squeezing Paul Gascoigne’s testicles during a top-flight fixture between Newcastle and Wimbledon in 1988.
Preston’s Darnell Fisher will face an FA investigation after twice grabbing the genitalia of Sheffield Wednesday player Callum Paterson during Saturday’s Championship fixture
Fisher twice grabbed Paterson by the private parts while marking him at a corner
Video footage of the incident emerged on social media and the FA could investigate
New Wednesday manager Pulis said he did not see Fisher’s antics but added: ‘He’ll be up in flames if he’s done that.’
The FA confirmed to Sportsmail they were aware of the incident, and retrospective action can be taken when officials have not witnessed events live, as appears to have been the case with referee David Webb in this instance.
Paterson, 26, has not pushed for his employers to take the matter any further, leaving it to the football authorities to determine whether punishment follows.
The incident took place in the same week that the dual code England rugby international Joel Tomkins was handed an eight-match ban for making ‘inappropriate contact’ with Richie Myler’s backside in a Super League contest between Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos.
Earlier this year, England prop Joe Marler was given a 10-week suspension for touching the genitals of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in a Six Nations contest – although rugby union’s shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic meant he did not miss any action.
Fisher is spoken to by referee David Webb at the final whistle of Saturday’s match
Vinnie Jones grabs the balls of Paul Gascoigne during a Newcastle-Wimbledon match in 1988
Joel Tomkins was handed a 12-match ban for poking Richie Myler’s backside (pictured)
England prop Joe Marler was banned for 10 weeks for touching the genitals of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in a Six Nations match
After Tom Barkhuizen’s volley made Pulis’ return to the dugout after 18 months away from the game a miserable one, the former Stoke, Crystal Palace and West Brom manager admitted he has serious problems to sort out in attack both in the short and longer terms.
A team that has scored just six goals in 12 Championship outings will be missing Josh Windass, dismissed for a chest-high lunge on Joe Rafferty just 17 minutes in, for three games from the visit to Swansea on Wednesday while Jack Marriott has returned to parent club Derby because of an injury destined to sideline him until the new year.
Meanwhile, David Kemp, Pulis’ long-term number two, will not be part of his Hillsborough backroom staff due to a family illness. Mike Trusson, the ex-Celtic scout, has been named as assistant with Craig Gardner also joining as a coach