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Audax Italiano Striker Sebastian Pol Faces Prosecution After Assault on Fan

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2016

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Audax Italiano striker Sebastian Pol could potentially face two years in prison and a lengthy playing ban after he kicked an opposition fan following his side's 4-1 away defeat to Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica on Saturday in the Chilean top division.

In scenes reminiscent of Eric Cantona's infamous kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace in 1995, Argentinian Pol climbed onto the stands and clearly aimed a kick at a fan before returning to the touchline, per AS:

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Shocking scenes from Chile this weekend as Audax Italiano's SebastiΓ‘n Pol climbed into the stands to attack a fan πŸŽ₯ https://t.co/okyiyopHDL https://t.co/XOoJyJ3ZwP

According to MailOnline's Rory O'Callaghan and Gerard Couzens, Pol was later led away from the scene by police, arrested in the dressing room and taken into custody. He could face up to two years in prison "if convicted under a law designed to eradicate stadium violence in Chile."

The pair's report added that the 28-year-old could face a similar suspension to the eight-month ban Cantona received more than 20 years ago and also provided comments from the victim of Pol's attack, Cristobal Aztorquiza.

"He kicked me in the face," Aztorquiza said. "He climbed onto the railings and attacked me. I'm going to file a formal complaint."

Onefootball provided a different angle of the incident:

Audax currently lie second bottom in the table of the Apertura after 10 games of the Chilean top flight.

Their heavy defeat to Universidad Catolica was a third league game in a row without victory.

Pol was a second-half substitute in the match but was unable to change his side's fortunes.

His post-match antics can surely only act as an unwanted distraction for Audax as they look to turn their campaign around, and Pol is unlikely to play much of a part in the upcoming months.

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