Michael Chopra (talking to the Daily Mirror): "He spat in my face and I did what I had to do to defend myself. He was bang out of order.
"He asked me for a photo and I agreed to that but then he started videoing me and asking me why I had played for Sunderland and what it was like to play for them.
"He spat in my face and called me names and then I had to get him off me.
"I don't know if anyone from the club got hold of him after that but I did not involve the stewards or the police.
"The fan was completely out of order. All I did was get him off me."