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FC Dallas beer bottle hurler gets “indefinite” stadium ban

Apr 19, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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This closes the loop on Week 7’s most outrageous, surreal moment.

Seconds after scoring a dramatic, late game-winning goal to beat the MLS Cup champions, FC Dallas center back George John was left bloodied by an aluminum beer bottle thrown from the nearby supporters group area, just behind the FC Dallas Stadium north stands.

John needed stitches to close the gash in his head but was otherwise in good humor about the entire, bizarre episode.

Police in suburban Frisco immediately identified the man. Today, FC Dallas announced that he has been banned from the facility indefinitely. From the club:

Authorities have identified the individual who threw an object onto the field during Saturday’s match against the LA Galaxy. We sincerely appreciate the FC Dallas supporters who helped identify the person responsible. This individual was not a member of any of our supporters’ groups, and as a result of his actions, he has been banned from FC Dallas Stadium and complex.”

The team also announced that it will no longer sell beer in the aluminum cans; smart choice. Let’s hope other clubs take note if they are still selling aluminum bottles. Because fans do react, and things do get thrown. We see it every week.

The trick, of course, is not to offer up anything dangerous for the mad moments when emotion takes over. The most damage a cup of beer is likely to do: dousing the person in front of you.

(MORE: John talks to NBC team about bizarre incident)

  1. bobinkc - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    When Sporting Park hosted the big Mexican game here last year, our son bought tickets that were his as a season ticket holder and went to the game. Great game, but when he got home and came into our room to tell us what a great game it was, he absolutely REEKED of beer and had popcorn and other stuff in his hair. Apparently, when Hispanics get excited about a great play or a charge downfield, EVERYTHING goes up in the air. Fortunately Sporting Park sells beer only in plastic cups and keeps the lids for all other drinks when sold. It just keeps a lot of garbage from flying out onto the field. Hopefully the officiating will get better so that nothing ever will fly out on the field.

  2. pjbowmaster - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    True……..DC United Supporters group La Barra Brava, which was founded by South Americans, has a tradition of throwing beer into the air after each goal. Which I always thought was a waste of good beer. Lol

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