Seasoned veteran fan, and loud mouth Nathan Barney has sustained a possibly season ending injury to his left foot whilst arguing with an umpire over the weekend

Avid football fan and long time supporter of the the local Athletes, Nathan injured his foot yesterday evening. Barney, who will be posting his 300th attended game, wearing the same unwashed guernsey, was arguing passionately with an umpire when his slipped on a meat pie and landed awkwardly. The ligament appears to have been damaged in what experts call the “tipsy twist”. Most often seen in inebriated athletes and fans, the twist is one of the most common injuries for Athletes fans.

The prognosis is good from local foot specialist, Cheltenham Podiatry clinic is optimistic at his chances of being at the next match.

Podiatrist, and consultant to the Athletes, stated that “the tipsy twist, like the kind that befell our favourite fan, is an increasingly common injury that all inebriated warriors needs to be wary of.” Barney was slowly rushed to the foot clinic, where he was treated for his potentially season ending injury.

Players and fans alike are wishing Barney a speedy recovery. Four time MVP Jordan Jeffreys, “I don’t know what we’ll do without Nathan shouting abuse at the opposition, or spilling drinks on other fans, we’re all glad that he’s working through his foot conditions.” Cheltenham Athletes’ Coach Mark Hedland said that Barney’s antics “were a constant source of inspiration for the team, and his drunken rants would often rally the team late in the game. We’re all going to miss his occasional kindness.”

Barney is currently still bedridden, with the fans and crew on his side till the end of the season. “I want to thank the support I’ve gotten from everyone, except for that umpire, who still keeps making the wrong call.”

The podiatrist has stated that while the road is long, Barney“is on the way to being at full health. He will need to take it easy with the opponent diatribes, and less drinking for the next six games. Other than that, he should be back to entertaining the Athletes and frustrating security in no time.”

In the meantime, local pubs have petitioned to raise money for his return to their bars as early as the mid-season break.