Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Pitch invasion prompts police probe

Wolves fans on the pitch after a Championship match at Molineux

Police have pledged to work with a Championship football club to identify supporters who committed serious offences during a mass pitch invasion.

No injuries were reported to police following disorder which broke out after Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-1 defeat against Burnley at Molineux.

Advertising hoardings and the dug-out were damaged during the ugly scenes, and at least one steward was assaulted.

Although no arrests were made during the pitch invasion, police are set to review CCTV footage to identify those responsible for serious offences.

Inspector Richard Cox, of West Midlands Police, said: "The encroachment of the pitch by approximately 300 Wolves supporters was a disappointing end to an otherwise exciting and trouble-free game.

"During the course of the fixture only one arrest was made and that was a teenager who attempted to enter the ground drunk. In the coming days officers will be working with club officials to explore how people were able to evade security and get on to the pitch."

The officer went on: "Together we will review CCTV and where necessary seek to arrest anyone who may have committed a serious offence."

The defeat to Burnley left Wolves on the brink of relegation to League 1.

In a statement, Wolves said: "The club has contingencies in place to deal with every eventuality, including pitch incursions. The pitch was cleared relatively quickly and there were no reported injuries.

"The club will work with West Midlands Police to review all the footage relating to the post-match events."

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