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Port Vale fans attack Swindon players in pitch invasion after League Two playoff semi-final

Port Vale fans invade the pitch after their play-off semi-final win vs Swindon and seem to throw PUNCHES at opposition players in English soccer’s newest evening of disgrace… in similar week Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was attacked by a supporter

  • Port Vale fans invaded the pitch in a whole bunch after beating Swindon on Thursday 
  • Darrell Clarke’s males received on penalties to ebook their place in the playoff last
  • Home supporters swarmed the sphere to have fun, however there have been ugly scenes
  • Swindon players gave the impression to be attacked by Vale fans in the course of the pitch invasion

Pitch-invading Port Vale supporters appeared to punch Swindon players following their League Two playoff semi-final victory on Thursday evening.

Darrell Clarke’s males booked their place in the Wembley last by edging a nervy penalty shootout at Vale Park, after James Wilson’s opener for the hosts despatched the tie to extra-time after which spot-kicks following Swindon’s 2-1 win in the primary leg.

It was Vale who got here out on high from 12 yards, with goalkeeper Aidan Stone proving the hero and establishing a date of future with Mansfield subsequent Sunday.

However, what ought to have been an evening to savour for the membership ended in shame when dwelling fans invaded the pitch to have fun their victory after which appeared to throw punches in the direction of crestfallen Swindon players.

Sky Sports cameras captured the second Vale fans grew to become embroiled in an altercation with opposition players on the pitch, with punches seemingly thrown in the course of the melee.

Jack Payne, Ben Gladwin and Jake O’Brien seem to have be the three Swindon stars focused by the fans, earlier than safety quickly intervened to drag them away from the difficulty.

Sky Sports pundit Danny Gabbidon mentioned: ‘What we’re seeing now, these stewards actually need to get the Swindon players down the tunnel and away from a few of these fans. 

Port Vale fans appeared to punch Swindon players (bottom right) after their League Two playoff semi-final

Port Vale fans appeared to punch Swindon players (backside proper) after their League Two playoff semi-final

Vale and Swindon were both battling it out to reach next Sunday's playoff final at Wembley

Vale and Swindon have been each battling it out to achieve subsequent Sunday’s playoff last at Wembley 

It was the hosts who prevailed in the end at Vale Park thanks to the lottery of penalty kicks

It was the hosts who prevailed in the tip at Vale Park due to the lottery of penalty kicks

But a pitch invasion after the game turned sour when Swindon players were attacked

But a pitch invasion after the sport turned bitter when Swindon players have been attacked

‘Some unsavoury scenes we by no means prefer to see. Some Port Vale fans goading these Swindon Town players who’re reluctant to get off the sphere of play.

‘Harry McKirdy was escorted off rapidly as a couple of Port Vale tried to get to him. Unsavoury scenes which is able to mar a incredible evening for Port Vale.’

Swindon boss Ben Garner additionally mentioned: ‘What they’ve needed to put up with coming off that pitch… players have been bodily and verbally abused.

‘I do know I’ve seen it in a number of the different play-off video games, I do not know the place we’re going as a rustic it is completely disgusting.’

Swindon right-back Mandela Egbo took to Twitter to lambast Vale fans after the invasion, accusing them of throwing punches however solely managing a ‘scratch’.

Along with a selfie which reveals a scratch on his nostril, Egbo wrote: ‘How you scummy fans get two free photographs and solely handle a scratch? 

‘And I’m supposed to maintain my cool – if I react I’m the dangerous man proper?’

The stunning incident comes on every week which has seen a lot of fixtures in each the Premier League and EFL marred by fan violence and unrest.

On Tuesday evening Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was headbutted by a supporter throughout a pitch invasion after their Championship playoff semi-final defeat in opposition to Nottingham Forest, with a person subsequently arrested and jailed for 26 weeks over the incident.

Swindon boss Ben Garner branded the actions of Vale supporters 'absolutely disgusting'

Swindon boss Ben Garner branded the actions of Vale supporters ‘completely disgusting’

Forest insist they are going to be issuing a life ban over the attack on Sharp, who later branded the offender a ‘scumbag’. 

Sharp’s team-mate Oli McBurnie was additionally on the centre of controversy after footage emerged which seem to point out the United striker stamping on a Forest fan in the course of the pitch invasion.

One day later two Northampton fans broke onto the pitch after their League Two playoff semi-final loss at dwelling to Mansfield and made a beeline for the latter’s players, whereas reviews even advised a flare was thrown in the direction of them.

EFL chiefs threatened golf equipment with stadium closures and factors deductions on Wednesday evening, saying in a statemen after the difficulty at Forest: ‘We recognise this lawlessness is being conducted by a small minority of individuals and the majority attending matches are a credit to their club.

It comes on the same week Sheffield United's Billy Sharp was attacked by a supporter

It comes on the same week Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was attacked by a supporter

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira was also involved in an altercation with an Everton fan

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira was also involved in an altercation with an Everton fan 

‘However, it is not acceptable for fans to enter the field of play at any time given the EFL’s goal is to make sure our matches stay secure and welcoming for all.

‘This summer we will consider what further measures are at our disposal, including the potential use of capacity reductions or similar mitigations. Punitive action will follow for those who continue to disregard ground regulations and break the law at matches.’

On the identical evening Port Vale fans swarmed the pitch and threw punches at Swindon players, Goodison Park descended into chaos as Everton got here from two objectives all the way down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 and safe their Premier League security.

Amidst wild scenes at a jubilant Goodison, Palace boss Patrick Vieira appeared to kick a pitch-invader after being goaded whereas leaving the sphere. 

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