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Dirty Tackle

Dallas player scores late winner against LA, gets hit in the head with bottle thrown by Dallas fan

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

FC Dallas defender George John scored headed in a late winner against the LA Galaxy and before he could even celebrate, he was on the ground and bleeding after getting struck by a beer bottle thrown by one of his club's own supporters.

The initial header off Dallas' 87th-minute corner kick came back off the bar, finding George John in the right place at the right time to finish it off and take three points at home. But as as soon as he scored, he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as a beer bottle came flying out of the stands and into the back of his head. John went down clutching his bloody scalp as his teammates gathered around and the crowd celebrated the goal.

Though the joy of the moment was lost, George John received treatment, got cleaned up and seemed OK aside from the cut. Still, it was a scary moment, especially for a player with a history of concussions who was forced out of Dallas' last match at halftime with another head injury.

A review of the footage from TV cameras identified the man who threw the bottle, so justice will hopefully be served there. When a member of your favorite team scores a late goal against the back to back MLS Cup winners, the desire to give the guy a free beer is only natural, but this definitely wasn't the way to do it.

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George John bleeds from the back of his head.

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