Premier League hero was filmed attacking steward trying to confront official

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Former Manchester City, West Ham and Derby star Paulo Wanchope once his lost his job as Costa Rica manager after being involved in a bizarre brawl with a steward.

The bonkers incident, which was caught on camera, took place during an U-23 match between Costa Rica and Panama back in 2015. Wanchope, who was watching the game from the stands, took issue with the referee after several questionable decisions and decided to try and make his way down to the pitch to give him an earful in person.

After yanking a gate open, Wanchope was accosted by an angry security guard – before all hell broke loose.

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The 6ft 4ins former striker rushed through the gate, accidentally barging into a nearby ballboy, before doing a swift 180 and swinging a right hand at the security guard – who then snaps, responding with a flying kick and a flurry of punches.

Wanchope then goes into defence mode, attempting to restrain his flailing opponent as the two crash into the seats behind them while continuing to throw punches at each other before police eventually intervene and separate them.

Wanchope’s brother Javier told local reporters afterwards: "Security was bothering him. I believe that authorities from UNCAF (Central American Football Union) have to calm things. Authorities came in yelling and weren't calming thing things down."

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Nevertheless, Wanchope was chastised in the media and paid for it with his job, with the Costa Rican FA announcing the following morning that their manager had decided to "step aside".

The now 45-year-old made over 150 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 50 times. He joined Derby as a 21-year-old in 1997, marking his debut with an incredible solo against Manchester United where he dribbled past four players before slotting the ball underneath Peter Schmeichel – a strike that was later voted the greatest goal in Derby's history by fans.

He moved to West Ham in 1999, forming a deadly partnership with Paolo Di Canio, but left after just one season following the arrivals of Davor Suker and Frederic Kanoute.

He spent the next four years at Manchester City, and despite missing over a year-and-a-half of action through injury, his goals helped keep the club in the Premier League in 2004, shortly before he was sold to Malaga.


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