Sebastian Pol, a soccer player for Audax Italiano, climbed a fence on Oct. 29 and kicked a fan following his team's 4-1 loss to Universidad Catolica at San Carlos de Apoquindo stadium in Las Condes, Chile (video below).
The 28-year-old forward was arrested in the locker room, and filmed as police marched him out. Pol was released Oct. 30.
He later made a statement to El Grafico, a Spanish language site (translated by ESPN FC):
The truth is that I'm full of regret. My intention was never to harm anyone. I apologize. It will never happen again. I understand that what I did was wrong. I didn't want to hit him, I just wanted to frighten him. I apologize to him profusely. He insulted me and spit on me. I have the support of my family and of my club, but I'm the one to blame.
Pol will face charges relating to sports stadium violence, has been banned for 20 days from sports events, and will be subject to discipline by the Chilean Football Association, notes Reuters.
If convicted, Pol could face two years in jail under a new law that is aimed at curtailing fan violence in stadiums, notes the Daily Mail.
Cristobal Aztorquiza, the fan, said: "He kicked me in the face. He climbed onto the railings and attacked me. I'm going to file a formal complaint."
Ex-Manchester United player Eric Cantona jumped into the crowd in 1995 and kicked a man, Matthew Simmons, reports ESPN FC.
In that case, Cantona pleaded guilty to common assault and was originally given two weeks in jail. However, that sentence was overturned by a judge who gave the player 120 hours of community service; Cantona was also banned from playing soccer for eight months.