Matt Ritchie Accidentally Kicked A Corner Flag Into A Fan's Balls Celebrating Newcastle's Winner
Matt Ritchie has been known to kick the corner flag to celebrate but the Newcastle United winger's trademark backfired after the Magpies scored a late winner against Chelsea.
Isaac Hayden scored a late header, after Ritchie's poor corner, to secure a much needed and surprising three points for Steve Bruce's team against fourth place Chelsea.
Ritchie celebrated by running to the corner to join the goalscorer and kicked the corner flag, as is his way, but the flag went into the jubilant crowd and smacked one poor fan right in the balls, ouch!
Matt Ritchie kicked the corner flag celebrating Newcastle's winning goal against Chelsea... :tada::tada:- SPORTbible (@sportbible) January 18, 2020
Unfortunately for this lad the flag flew straight into his crotch... :fearful::fearful:
:video_camera: @greener_josh pic.twitter.com/CQfqfOHrKj
#goal from #isaachayden for @NUFC to beat #chelsea 1-0 at #stjamespark & it wouldn't be a goal celebration without #mattritchie kicking the corner flag! :laughing: #newcastleunited @ChronicleNUFC @premierleague @BBCMOTD #toonarmy :soccer: #soccer pic.twitter.com/xDUrg1EfWY- Victoria Najafi (@GeordieVic) January 18, 2020
Injury has kept Ritchie out of the team for most of the season as he came off prematurely during August's Carabao Cup game against Leicester City, after just 48 minutes.
The Scotsman remained on the sidelines until this month and made his return off the bench in the FA Cup third round against Rochdale, in a 1-1 draw.
He played in the replay 10 days later from the start and came on after just 12 minutes, due to Jetro Willems' injury, on his league return against Chelsea.
The 30-year-old's reputation for kicking the corner flag is such that the Athletic ran an article on the former Bournemouth winger titled 'Corner flags beware: Radgie Ritchie - 'the angry wee bastard' - is back' earlier in the week.
can't believe matt ritchie can't cross a ball but can kick a corner flag straight at someones cock unreal man- Cam (@cam_nufc) January 18, 2020
He's a violent little human with a hatred of corner flags, a tendency to beat high achieving team mates and is the founder of the unorthodox 'Ritchie thwack' de winding method.- D Fender (@delfender) January 14, 2020
Newcastle had to soak up much of the pressure against Frank Lampard's side on Saturday evening as the visitors had 70% of possession and 19 shots, although only four were on target.
Bruce's men were good for at least a point though as they defended well. They earned a late corner only for Ritchie's effort not to clear the first man, Allan Saint-Maximin saved the day with his follow up cross which Hayen headed in.
The three points took Newcastle up to 12th and seven points clear of the relegation zone.
If they stay up no corner flags, or fans' genitals, will be safe!