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

Port Vale fans swarm the pitch after their play-off semi-final victory against Swindon and appear to throw PUNCHES at opposition players in English football’s last night of embarrassment…in the same week, Billy Sheffield United’s Sharp was attacked by a supporter

  • Port Vale fans invaded the pitch by the hundreds after beating Swindon on Thursday
  • Darrell Clarke’s men won on penalties to book their place in the playoff final
  • The local fans invaded the field to celebrate, but there were unpleasant scenes
  • Swindon players appeared to be attacked by Vale fans during the pitch invasion

Port Vale supporters who swarmed the pitch appeared to pummel Swindon players following their League Two playoff semi-final victory on Thursday night.

Darrell Clarke’s men secured their place in the Wembley final by surviving a thrilling penalty shoot-out at Vale Park, after James Wilson’s first goal for the hosts sent the tie into extra time and then penalties following victory. Swindon 2-1 in the first leg.

It was Vale who prevailed from 12 yards out, with goalkeeper Aidan Stone proving to be the hero and setting up a fateful date with Mansfield next Sunday.

However, what should have been a night to savor for the club ended in disgrace when home fans swarmed the pitch to celebrate their victory and then seemed to throw blows at the crestfallen Swindon players.

Sky Sports cameras captured the moment Vale fans became involved in an altercation with opposition players on the pitch, with punches apparently being thrown during the melee.

Jack Payne, Ben Gladwin and Jake O’Brien appear to have been the three Swindon stars in the fans’ crosshairs, before security soon stepped in to steer them away from trouble.

Sky Sports pundit Danny Gabbidon said: “What we’re seeing now, those stewards really need to get the Swindon players down the tunnel and away from some of these fans.

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

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

Vale and Swindon were battling to reach next Sunday's playoff final at Wembley.

Vale and Swindon were battling to reach next Sunday’s playoff final at Wembley.

It was the locals who prevailed in the end at Vale Park thanks to the draw for penalties

It was the locals who prevailed in the end at Vale Park thanks to the draw for penalties

But a pitch invasion after the game turned sour when the Swindon players came under attack.

But a pitch invasion after the game turned sour when the Swindon players came under attack.

Some unpleasant scenes that we never like to see. Some Port Vale fans goad the reluctant Swindon Town players off the field of play.

‘Harry McKirdy was quickly escorted away when some Port Vale tried to get to him. Unpleasant scenes that will spoil a fantastic night for Port Vale.

Swindon boss Ben Garner also said: “What they’ve had to put up with coming off that pitch… the players have been physically and verbally abused.”

“I know I’ve seen it in some of the other play-off games, I don’t know where we’re going as a country, it’s absolutely disgusting.”

Swindon right-back Mandela Egbo took to Twitter to criticize Vale fans after the invasion, accusing them of throwing punches but only achieving a ‘scratch’.

Along with a selfie showing a scratch on his nose, Egbo wrote: ‘How do you filthy fans get two free shots and only get one scratch?

‘And I’m supposed to keep my cool: if I react, I’m the bad guy, right?’

The shocking incident comes in a week that has seen a number of matches in both the Premier League and EFL marred by violence and fan unrest.

On Tuesday night, Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was headbutted by a fan during a pitch invasion after their Championship playoff semi-final defeat against Nottingham Forest, with a man arrested and jailed. for 26 weeks for the incident.

Swindon boss Ben Garner called the actions of Vale supporters

Swindon boss Ben Garner called the actions of Vale supporters “absolutely disgusting”.

Forest insists they will issue a lifetime ban for the attack on Sharp, who later called the culprit ‘trash’.

Sharp’s teammate Oli McBurnie was also at the center of controversy after footage emerged that appears to show the United striker trampling a Forest fan during the pitch invasion.

A day later, two Northampton fans stormed the pitch after their League Two playoff semi-final defeat at home to Mansfield and made a beeline for the latter’s players, while reports even suggested they were fired a flare.

EFL bosses threatened clubs with stadium closures and points deductions on Wednesday night, saying in a statement after the Forest issue: “We recognize that this anarchy is being carried out by a small minority of people. and most of those who attend the matches are a credit to their club.”

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

It comes the same week that 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 as it is the EFL’s aim to ensure our matches are safe and welcoming for all.

“This summer we will consider what other measures are available to us, including the potential use of capacity reductions or similar mitigations. Punitive measures will follow for those who continue to ignore the rules of the field and break the law at matches.”

The same night, Port Vale fans stormed the pitch and pelted the Swindon players, Goodison Park was thrown into chaos as Everton came from two goals down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 and secure their safety in the Premier League. .

Amid wild scenes on a jubilant Goodison, Palace boss Patrick Vieira appeared to kick a pitch invader after being egged on while leaving the pitch.

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