Investigation launched after fans invade Leigh Sports Village pitch

Investigation launched after fans invade Leigh Sports Village pitch

The scene outside Leigh Sports Village

The scene outside Leigh Sports Village

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AN appeal for information has received an 'overwhelming' response following a pitch invasion at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday.

A number of Widnes Vikings supporters stormed onto the field immediately after they were beaten 28-6 by Castleford Tigers.

Violence broke out as police and stewards attempted to restore order following the Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final.

Many pictures of the trouble have emerged via social media, including one of the head being removed from one of Castleford's tiger mascots and kicked away.

A statement released by the RFL and Leigh Sports Village reads: "The RFL will await reports from the stadium, the police and the two clubs before deciding what action to take. 

"The behaviour of the vast majority of fans was exemplary and the incident was not what is expected from Rugby League supporters. This should not detract from two very successful semi-finals."

The RFL's chief executive Nigel Wood said: "The sport has every right to be disappointed with the behaviour of a minority of Widnes fans.

"We will work with the clubs to identify any supporters who encroached onto the pitch. There is no place for such behaviour in rugby league."

Widnes have asked supporters to report what they had seen via a special email address, tellus@widnesvikings.co.uk.

The chief executive of the Vikings' James Rule said in a statement on the Widnes website: "It's evident from the overnight response that our genuine supporters are as disappointed and frustrated by the scenes as everybody is within the club.

"We've had an overwhelming response and the information we have received will be invaluable in conducting a thorough investigation."

The Widnes Vikings issued an apology earlier today, Monday, to the sport of Rugby League, the BBC and the partners of the Challenge Cup, Tetley’s, for 'the disgraceful scenes'.

A spokesman for GMP said: “At the end of the Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings Challenge Cup semi-final at Leigh Sports Village, a minority of fans from the Widnes section invaded the pitch.

“Supporting stewards, officers from GMP ensured the supporters left the pitch and made their way out of the stadium.

“Minor damage was caused to seating in the stadium, pitchside billboards and other signage.

“One woman suffered a twisted ankle but there were no serious injuries and no arrests were made.”

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11:11pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Walter Tattersall says...

It's just a pity that there weren't any police there, they could have maybe arrested some of these idiots.
It's just a pity that there weren't any police there, they could have maybe arrested some of these idiots. Walter Tattersall
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