Sky TV commentator Martin Tyler punched during match by football fan

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Martin Tyler (second right) with Woking manager Alan Dowson (far right)
Martin Tyler (second right) with Woking manager Alan Dowson (far right)

Martin Tyler, the veteran football broadcaster, was punched during an ill-tempered match on Monday night.

Sky Sports commentator Tyler, 72, was attacked by a spectator during Woking’s match at Wealdstone, his club claimed.

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He was hurt during the second half of the Conference South game in west London just as the opposition scored the winning goal.

Tyler, a lifelong Woking fan, is now the assistant manager of his boyhood club.

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A Wealdstone supporter allegedly reached over the advertising boards in the aftermath of the goal and struck the TV favourite.

Tyler was visibly shaken after the game but his alleged attacker is said to have not been detained.

League leaders Woking are yet to decide if they are to take matters any further.

The Surrey club were defeated 1-0 thanks to the controversial late penalty, their first defeat of the new season.

Woking manager Alan Dowson confirmed: “It’s disappointing. Martin was punched and that is not very good.”

Tyler is a well-respected coach on the Non-League circuit and commits his time for free to the grassroots game.

He told The Sun “It was a minor incident but it was still unexpected and I’m disappointed. It was a bit of an affront and people should know better.

“I’m sure Wealdstone will deal with the offender.”

How we all know him: Martin Tyler working for Sky
How we all know him: Martin Tyler working for Sky

He followed Dowson to Woking from Hampton & Richmond Borough during the close season and has also served his local team Kingstonian.

Dedicates

Fronting Sky’s Super Sunday coverage, he dedicates his Saturdays to Conference football.

A Woking fan for 65 years, he has also undertaken fundraising drives including a mini marathon to support the Cardinals.

Woking are yet to release a statement but Wealdstone told Yahoo Sport: “Wealdstone FC will be conducting an investigation into an alleged incident to establish the facts and we will work in conjunction with our stewarding company colleagues in that regard. We can make no further comment at present.”

Woking lost 1-0 to Wealdstone in the Conference South
Woking lost 1-0 to Wealdstone in the Conference South

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