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That Lad Who Shoved Chris Smalling At The Weekend Was Tyson Fury's Cousin

That Lad Who Shoved Chris Smalling At The Weekend Was Tyson Fury's Cousin

So there's a headline I didn't think I'd write today, but apparently so.

Decorator Gary Cooper has apologised to Manchester United captain Chris Smalling for getting up in the defender's face during Sunday's crucial Premier League tie between Arsenal and United at the Emirates Stadium.

Cooper, 30, evaded the grasp of stewards and bumped into the England international en route to joining in with the Arsenal player's celebration of Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang's match-clinching penalty.

In today's interview with the Daily Mail, the Surrey native also revealed that he is a cousin of former unified World Heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury.

Cooper was arrested and charged with common assault after the incident and now faces a lifetime stadium ban handed down by his beloved Gunners.

He's none-too-proud of his actions.

 

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I am just so ashamed and have let myself and my family down. What happened was out of character. I am still in shock and feel awful.

I have been an Arsenal fan all my life and I know now I will lose what has been so important to me. I am simply gutted that this has happened.  I have followed Arsenal since I was a kid and that can be taken away.

I got caught up in the emotion of the game and made a foolish mistake to run on to the pitch

I had no intention of approaching Chris Smalling. He happened to be there as I ran to congratulate the Arsenal players.

I am deeply ashamed of my actions and would never do anything to harm any of the players.

Earlier on Sunday, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was the victim of an assault whilst featuring in the Second City Derby, after Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell burst on to the pitch before throwing a punch at the former Ireland star.

Cooper, who insists that he was unaware of the Grealish incident before his own misdemeanour described the events at St. Andrew's as "disgusting".

Speaking of his relationship with his superstar relative, who is a big United follower, Cooper said that despite not seeing much of the boxer now, he was "very proud of what he has done".

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