Swindon Town have confirmed that a 26-year-old fan has been banned from the club for life after he made his Neanderthal-like way onto the pitch during the second half of Saturday's League One game against Leyton Orient and threw a cluster of punches at Orient 'keeper Jamie Jones.
After a long delay, Orient eventually went on to win 3-1 and haul themselves back to the summit of the table, but manager Russell Slade was left saddened that the result had been tarnished by such a moronic incident, telling BBC Radio London 94.9:
"That was the worst scene I've seen as a manager. It was a great win, but it was clouded by a fan running onto the pitch and throwing three punches at my goalkeeper.
"It is unbelievable. Jamie's okay, but that doesn't make it right. It's outrageous. He [the supporter] needs a ban for life. He should never go to another football match."
Almost immediately after the final whistle, Leyton Orient's Chief Executive, Matt Porter, was able to relay the news on Swindon's behalf that the 26-year-old had been arrested by police and banned from the club for the rest of his life:
Swindon confirm fan who ran on pitch and attacked Jamie was arrested and will be banned for life. We will also press for strongest penalty— Matt Porter (@MattPorter_LOFC) November 23, 2013
The scenes at the County Ground were eerily reminiscent of time Sheffield Wednesday 'keeper Chris Kirkland was attacked by a thuggish Leeds fan who escaped from his enclosure at Hillsborough last October and was subsequently imprisoned for four months, banned for life by Leeds and given a five-year banning order from all stadiums in England.