Four pitch invasions in a week cause unrest in the Football League

Footballers demand action after four pitch invasions cause unrest in the Football League

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Pitch Invasion have ruined a fantastic week of football across all divisions. Photo Credit: Ben Sutherland

It’s been a week of highs and lows in football. After multiple incidents, players are calling for the FA to do more to protect them after numerous occasions in recent weeks of players being assaulted by ‘fans’.

Here are four incidents from the past week:

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United

The start to a dreadful run of pitch invasion incidents came on Tuesday.

After an unbelievable game of 120 minutes and penalties saw Nottingham Forest beat Sheffield United to earn themselves a place in the Championship play-off final, United player Billy Sharp was injured due to a pitch invader who had knocked him to the ground. It is reported that Sharp required four stitches after being head butted.

Nottingham Forest season ticket holder, Robert Biggs, of Church View, Ilkeston, was jailed for 24 weeks for the assault. The 30-year-old electrician was also given a 10-year football banning order.


Port Vale vs Swindon Town

Similar to the Nottingham Forest match, a great game of football was ruined by a small handful of supporters. After the Vale beat Swindon on penalties, the home side’s supporters rushed onto the pitch.

Sky Sports cameras picked up Port Vale supporters surrounding ex Vale player Harry Mckirdy and his Swindon teammates.

As of yet, no one has been arrested but Port Vale has said anyone found guilty will not be welcomed back to Vale Park.

Mandela Egbo was one of the Swindon Town players caught up in the pitch invasion.


Everton vs Crystal Palace

After Everton came back from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2, Toffees fans stormed the pitch which led to yet again another incident.

This time it was Crystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira receiving abuse. The Palace manager can be seen retaliating and kicking an Everton fan.

Manchester City Vs Aston Villa

After Manchester City completed a five-minute turnaround to win the Premier League title, their fans entered the pitch. Another moment was ruined by mindless fans who attacked Robin Oslen several times.

City boss Pep Guardiola has apologised on behalf of the club both to Olsen and Villa.