Former Sheffield United trainee Karl Colley may quit football after being sacked by his club for confronting a fan on the terraces.
The 30-year-old was sent off in Goole’s 3-0 defeat against Coalville, a result that saw former United defender David Holdsworth resign as manager after only two months in charge.
Video footage went viral on Saturday showing Colley running into the stand trying to challenge a fan three times, before being dragged away by former Blades midfielder Curtis Woodhouse.
Colley was sacked by the club in the aftermath of the defeat - the second time he has been dismissed in his career after he was sacked by Belper Town a year ago for a series of breaches of discipline.
The 6ft 4in defender, told The Star: “The ref had given me a straight red. I was frustrated anyway because results have not been great and as captain, I pride myself on keeping clean sheets. As I left the pitch, I saw out of the corner of my eye fans making their way across from where they were standing to the tunnel, calling me every name under the sun.
“A red mist came over me and I confronted this one individual. The abuse kept coming and I flipped. I am deeply sorry for what I did, the situation got out of hand on both parts, but I am being made out to be a disgrace to football and a looney, and that’s why I have decided to give my side of the story.”
Colley,charged by the FA for improper conduct,may now call time on his football career.
“I’m gutted about what happened,” he added. “I’m an ordinary bloke, I’m not a professional footballer, I am a working class, family man, who works a 9-5 job and plays non-league on a Saturday. Do I want to play football again when I am just going to be a target for even more abuse? Probably not.
“Is £100 a week worth me turning out a weekend to be called every name under the sun? Again, probably not. I have a lot of thinking to do and I need to weigh up whether it’s worth it.
“We shouldn’t have to take abuse, If I went to his line of work and hurdled abuse at him, how would he react? Probably the same way.”
Colley has until Wednesday to respond to the FA charge.