Anyone thinking that footballers like Ian Wright and Gary Lineker have some sort of justification for pointing the finger at RL is wrong. Mind, Lineker probably finds anything that isn't bland as hell offensive.
Yes, one individual did a terrible thing but then what happened? Nothing.
No surrounding the ref with intimidating gestures, no fans fighting with each other and smashing up the local vicinity etc -(which happens in bloody football all the time). Individuals concerned apologised to injured party, injured party accepted and everyone trys to move on. THIS is the difference and why it still doesn't mean RL is 'in the gutter'
Lazy sports journos try to jump in with hysterical 'think of the children' articles, the majority of whom still think Eddie Waring is around. And other people come up with nonsensical 'if this happened in the street..' style comparisons.... FFS, if someone ran at me in the street wearing a helmet and padding and ran me over, I would be most surprised. On a Gridiron pitch though??
Bad incident, handled with credit by all concerned. Don't listen to the tossers trying to stick the boot in.