LEICESTER fans have launched a petition in support of the fan who was banned for running onto the pitch to hug Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s son.
Foxes fan Tom Merry, a season ticket holder, leapt over a barrier and entered the track to console the club’s vice-chairman ‘Top' following his father's death.
Reuters5 Tom Merry was overcome with emotion and wanted to hug Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
change.org5 This is the petition that has been set up to get Leicester fan Tom Marry back inside the King Power stadium
@LCFC Come on Leicester City, you're better than this. This was a genuine, heart-felt gesture from a loyal fan. Your club has acted with so much dignity and respect through this truly terrible time, don't spoil it now. https://t.co/OFt8QQuKZE
— Peteski 😎 (@PeteskiTweets) November 17, 2018
However security staff swiftly moved in and marched the fan to a holding cell, before the club wrote to inform him he had been banned from attending the stadium for three months.
Now a petition has been launched after many Foxes supporters reacted with disbelief over the harsh penalty.
So far 794 people have signed it, with the aim to get 1,000 signatures.
It was a highly charged conclusion to an emotional day of tributes which had been carefully choreographed by the club and had included a five-minute video montage of the late owners’ achievements.