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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Police investigate Wolves pitch invasion

ESPN staff

Police are investigating the pitch invasion that followed Wolves' 2-1 home defeat to Burnley on Saturday - a result that leaves the Molineux club on the brink of back-to-back relegations.

Around 300 people went onto the playing area after the final whistle of a match that means Wolves must win at Brighton and hope other results go their way to have any chance of staying in the Championship.

Reports suggested that home players including defender Roger Johnson and striker Kevin Doyle were verbally abused, while some people attempted to smash the goal at the south end of the ground.

Local reports said advertising hoardings were smashed and a dugout vandalised. Police and stewards dispersed the crowd, but dozens more waited outside to confront any club officials seen leaving the ground.

Supporters demonstrated against club owner Steve Morgan - reported to have left the stadium before the final whistle - and the board.

No arrests were made, but police are studying CCTV footage of the pitch invasion and said they would seek to arrest anyone found to have committed a serious offence.

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.

"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."

In a statement, Wolves said they would "work with West Midlands Police to review all the footage relating to the post-match events".

Police said only one person had been arrested during the course of the game - a teenage Burnley fan who had attempted to enter Molineux while drunk.




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