Forfar Athletic’s veteran goalkeeper Rab Douglas warned fans to “stay out of my area” after he was attacked by a group of Airdrie fans after the full-time whistle on Saturday.
Three men jumped the barriers and made for the shot-stopper moments after Forfar recorded a 2-0 victory over their Scottish League One opponents.
One man took a swing at Douglas but the 42-year-old managed to fend him off.
He successfully fended off a second man, while a third thought better of things and went back to the stand after receiving a stare from the imposing keeper.
A police spokesman confirmed that Douglas had been receiving verbal abuse from the away support for most of the match, but things took a more sinister turn when an Airdire fan appeared to spit at him.
He said: “One of the group spat at the witness and he believes it hit him on the back.
“Then, at full-time, approximately four males climbed over the barriers and entered the pitch area.
“Two of the males approached the witness and the first punched towards him but was fended off.
“The second male was fended off, while the witness looked at a third man, which resulted in him retreating back over the barriers.”
The spokesman confirmed police had set up road checkpoints to locate an Airdrie supporters’ bus and are examining photographs of the incidents.
He said: “Inquiries are ongoing.
“The two clubs will link up today and officers from both areas will share information on known trouble-makers.”