FA launch investigation after three sets of pitch invasions over weekend

FA launch investigation after three sets of pitch invasions over weekend

The Football Association will launch an investigation into three pitch invasions by supporters last weekend, one of which left a female steward with a suspected broken nose.

The steward had to receive treatment from paramedics at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium after being injured when a group of Newcastle fans entered the playing area to celebrate Matt Ritchie’s late equaliser. An FA spokesman has confirmed they will write to both clubs to seek their observations on the incident, after having studied referee Mike Dean’s report.

Dorset Police had confirmed on Saturday night that they had arrested seven fans, including a 14-year-old boy.

A statement read: “Six men and a 14 year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of going onto the playing area of a football match from the away supporters’ stand and are assisting officers with their inquiries.

“One female steward sustained an injury to her nose during the incident and investigations are underway to establish whether any assault took place.”

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