Fan invasion mars English 5th-tier game

April 20, 2013
By Associated Press

KIDDERMINSTER, England -- Pitch-invading soccer fans attacked players and caused a half-hour delay during a fifth-tier match Saturday in the latest bout of crowd trouble in England.

Visiting Stockport supporters raced onto the field after Kidderminster went 1-0 ahead in the 51st minute, confronting players from both teams. The referee decided to take the players off for safety reasons.

A post on Kidderminster's Twitter feed says "punches thrown at Kiddy players."

The non-league game restarted and Kidderminster won 4-0 to relegate Stockport to the sixth tier.

Crowd trouble marred the FA Cup semifinal between Millwall and Wigan at Wembley Stadium last weekend, when Newcastle fans also clashed with police after a northeast derby loss to Sunderland.