Life Lesson: If You Heckle A Soccer Player Then Don't Put Yourself In A Position To Let Him Kick You In The Face
I don't want to be too hypocritical here. I've had one-six too many drinks and yelled in the general direction of an athlete from a distance in which he couldn't possibly hear me. I'm not proud of it, but I'm also not going to apologize because I don't think there is too much wrong with being a passionate fan whose BAC occasionally gets the best of them.
On the other hand, being so loud and boisterous that a specific athlete can pick you out of a large crowd is inexcusable. So inexcusable - in fact - that I don't have much of a problem with this soccer player showing off his parkour skills and going full Ron Artest by making his way into the stands to physically assault a heckler. Punting a fan right upside the head certainly seems excessive, but if you say enough to a soccer player to make him want to kick you across the jaw while putting your jaw in a position to get kicked then it's your own damn fault. This dude is undoubtedly going to get suspended, but at least he taught that loudmouth douchebag a valuable lesson - don't talk shit to the owner of a cleat that's 8-12 inches away from your face. I would hope he doesn't need to use what he learned from this experience anytime in the near future, but if he does then at least it will save him a trip to the dentist.
Update: Apparently he just missed his face and only got his arm, which really should free him from any and all forms of discipline. The only thing harmed was that kid's fictitious sense of invincibility, and - if you ask me - there's nothing foul about that.
h/t Busted Coverage