LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Tottenham Hotspur welcome their team prior to the UEFA Champions League play-off second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and BSC Young Boys at White Hart Lane on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

A Tottenham Hotspur fan was punched in the face, suffering a broken skull and possible permanent damage to his eyesight, following Tottenham’s 4-2 FA Cup Semifinal loss to Chelsea last week.

The reason he was punched? Police think it’s because a fellow Spurs fan thought he was a Chelsea fan.

From BBC:

“It is believed that one of the group has then mistaken Michael for a rival Chelsea supporter and punched him in the face, leaving him injured,” the force said.

The 23-year-old, who had previously worked as a gardener at the north London club’s training ground, has been discharged from hospital but doctors said they were concerned there may be lasting damage to his eyesight.

Det Con James Robb described it as a “violent and unprovoked assault”.

He said: “This kind of violence has absolutely no place at a football match, and I sincerely hope that those who were with the person responsible do the right thing by Michael, who is a fellow supporter and has supported Tottenham since he was a young boy.”

Well that’s quite the twist to the story. Police also said they have not made an arrest in the case.

A reminder: Don’t punch people whether they cheer for your team or not. Punching people is bad.

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