Preston’s Darnell Fisher set for FA probe over Callum Paterson genitals grab

Preston’s Darnell Fisher set for FA probe over Callum Paterson genitals grab

Preston defender Darnell Fisher looks certain to be subject of a Football Association investigation after grabbing Callum Paterson’s genitalia twice during a Championship match which marked Tony Pulis’ return to management.

Video footage emerged of Fisher grabbing Paterson’s private parts with both hands at a corner during 10-man Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Deepdale.

It evoked memories of Vinnie Jones squeezing Paul Gascoigne’s testicles during a top-flight match between Newcastle and Wimbledon in 1988.

Preston's Darnell Fisher could face an FA investigation after twice grabbing the genitalia of Sheffield Wednesday player Callum Paterson during Saturday's Championship fixture

Preston’s Darnell Fisher could face an FA investigation after twice grabbing the genitalia of Sheffield Wednesday player Callum Paterson during Saturday’s Championship fixture

Fisher twice grabbed Paterson by the private parts while marking him at a corner

Fisher twice grabbed Paterson by the private parts while marking him at a corner 

Video footage of the incident emerged on social media and the FA could investigate

Video footage of the incident emerged on social media and the FA could investigate 

New Wednesday manager Pulis said he did not witness Fisher’s actions but added: ‘He’ll be up in flames if he’s done that.’

Neither did referee David Webb spot it and the FA will await the official’s report before taking any further action.

Sportsmail has contacted the Football Association for comment.  

The incident took place in the same week that the dual code England rugby international Joel Tomkins was handed an eight-match ban for making ‘inappropriate contact’ with Richie Myler’s backside in a Super League contest between Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos.

Earlier this year, England prop Joe Marler was given a 10-week suspension for touching the genitals of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in a Six Nations contest – although rugby union’s shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic meant he did not miss any action.

Fisher is spoken to by referee David Webb at the final whistle of Saturday's match

Fisher is spoken to by referee David Webb at the final whistle of Saturday’s match

England prop Joe Marler was banned for 10 weeks for touching the genitals of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in a Six Nations match

England prop Joe Marler was banned for 10 weeks for touching the genitals of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in a Six Nations match 

After Tom Barkhuizen’s volley condemned Wednesday to defeat on Pulis’ return to the dugout after 18 months away from the game, the former Stoke, Crystal Palace and West Brom manager admitted he has serious problems to sort out in attack for a side that have scored just six goals in 12 Championship outings.

Not helped by Josh Windass, who was dismissed for a chest-high lunge on Joe Rafferty just 17 minutes in, beginning a three-match suspension for the visit to Swansea on Wednesday and Jack Marriott returning to parent club Derby as injury has ruled him out until the new year.

Meanwhile, David Kemp, Pulis’ long-term number two, will not be part of his Hillsborough backroom staff due to a family illness. Mike Trusson, the ex-Celtic scout, has been named as assistant with Craig Gardner also joining as a coach.

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