George Ford smashes ball into fan's face in excitement during Ireland match


An England fan was left red-faced on Sunday when fly-half George Ford accidentally kicked the ball directly at him.

Celebrations can often be the happiest time for fans and players, especially when you have just scored the first try against a rival.

Ford, who wears 10 for England, opened the scoring with an early try. However, it was his celebration that took centre stage.

He was clearly pumped up and decided to boot the ball into the crowd, which sent the ball flying directly into one fan's face.

The Leicester Tiger helped England sail into an insurmountable 17-0 half-time lead against Ireland, which ended their hopes of clinching a Grand Slam.

Ford is usually known for the accuracy of his kicking, but will be hoping that this attempt is not used to demonstrate that in the future.

Completely oblivious, Ford continued to celebrate with his teammates as the fan nursed his wounds and courageously gave two thumbs up to nearby England players.

On Monday, Ford apologised to the fan via Instagram after realising what had transpired.

He wrote: "Congrats to @jonathanjoseph0 on your 50th mate.

"Loved being back at Twickenham yesterday, a good team performance.

“Also, massive apology to @mctyke1 for the ball hitting you after the try, I’m glad to hear that you are all well and thank you for your brilliant support!”

The game finished 24-12 with England narrowly missing out on a bonus point by scoring three tries. Eddie Jones won't mind too much, however, as the team's performance ensured that they still harbour hopes of securing a Six Nations title.

The Red Roses' fate is out of their control, though, as France overcame Wales by four points to put them firmly in the driving seat.

England will be hoping that Ireland can do them a favour when they meet on March 14.

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