Thursday, 24 August 2017

Burnley Beat Blackburn 2-0 As Two Home Fans Invade The Pitch To Confront Players

Sean Dyche criticised the stewards for not acting more quickly to stop the Blackburn fan who confronted his players as the east Lancashire derby turned ugly at Ewood Park on Wednesday night.
A supporter invaded the pitch after Jack Cork had headed Burnley in front in the 27th minute and grabbed Ashley Westwood by the throat before pushing James Tarkowski in the chest.

Dyche was unhappy that the offender was not apprehended until he had almost left the pitch with a second pitch invader, and admitted that he thought of intervening himself.
A Blackburn fan is wrestled to the ground by both sets of players after running on to the pitch

"When someone saunters on that slowly, it has to be dealt with because you just never know," he said.

"The safety of players is paramount because times have changed. 

"There used to be a time when people got on to a football pitch it was a bit of a joke, a little bit silly. But there are now different things going on in the world. There seems to be more anger, more animosity about these games and it has to be controlled. 

"The challenge is for the stewards to deal with it quickly. I was expecting someone to run on and get him off. 

"It got to the point where we were going to go on – not to do anything ridiculous but to say "we can't have that".
Ashley Westwood grapples with the Blackburn fan to wrestle him down to the ground
 Blackburn's Charlie Mulgrew (L) exchanges words with one of the supporters on the pitch
Both fans were arrested along with a Burnley supporter who let off a flare which injured a nine-year-old boy after Cork headed in from Robbie Brady's cross.

Another Blackburn fan was arrested for throwing a shoe on to the pitch when Brady scored the second in added time at the end of the first half, turning past Ben Gladwin and Charlie Mulgrew before firing into the roof of the net.

The FA are certain to investigate the first incident and may also look into several instances when flares were let off in the Burnley end.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray condemned the actions of the two Rovers fans but insisted that he did not have a good view of the incident.
The two supporters invaded the Ewood Park pitch after Burnley scored the opening goal
A flare is let off in the crowd at Ewood Park during a fiery east Lancashire derby on Wednesday
"It's not what you want to see and it's not what this club is about," said Mowbray.

"I'd have to say it doesn't do anything positive for our football club, of course. But, there you go, it happened. 

"Fan on the pitch? Of course it's wrong. I'm sure the authorities will deal with them as severely as they need to. 

"I'm sure the vast majority of the rest of the supporters will be disappointed with the supporter who came on the pitch. 

"But you're asking the wrong person. Go and ask the security people at the football club. I manage the football team on the grass. 
The fan managed to push Burnley captain James Tarkowski before he was apprehended
Westwood (left) is incensed after the two Blackburn supporters invaded the pitch
"We just lost a goal and I sat down on the bench and was talking to my staff about the goal. I turned around and saw a melee on the pitch. 

"I didn't see a fan running on the pitch. I didn't know what he did. That's not an "Arsene Wenger" comment. I just didn't see it."
Charlie Mulgrew escorts the fan off the pitch after he attempted to confront Burnley players
A supporter is eventually wrestled to the ground by a steward after he invaded the pitch
The fan was carried off the pitch in an incident which left Burnley boss Sean Dyche furious
Robbie Brady fires home Burnley's second to cap off an eventful first half in the Carabao Cup
The gap between Premier League Burnley and their League One neighbours was clear, and they were able to give a debut to new £15million record signing Chris Wood who went close on several occasions after coming on as a first-half substitute.

Culled from Sportsmail

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