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FOOTAGE appearing to show Port Vale football fans punching Swindon Town players was aired on Sky Sports' coverage of the League Two play-off semi-final second leg on Thursday.
Vale booked their place at Wembley after beating Town 6-5 on penalties but a melee broke out when home fans invaded the pitch in celebration after Ellis Iandolo missed from the spot.
Right-back Mandela Egbo, who posted a selfie with a cut on his nose, says he was injured in the attack.
He tweeted: "How you scummy fans get two free shots and only manage a scratch? And I’m supposed to keep my cool – if I react I’m the bad guy right?”
How you scummy fans get two free shots and only manage a scratch? & I’m supposed to keep my cool - if I react I’m the bad guy right? pic.twitter.com/yEr8Pxs3sA
— Mandela Egbo (@mandela_e) May 19, 2022
Swindon Town head coach Ben Garner confirmed in his post-match interview a player was hurt after Vale football thugs invaded the pitch.
Garner told the Adver that he and his players felt “afraid for their safety” as the opposition’s fans punched and kicked the Robins on the pitch.
More shocking scenes after a pitch invasion tonight. Swindon players surrounded by Port Vale fans here. Looked like punches were thrown. pic.twitter.com/JnG8CyaL1j
— Aidan McCartney (@aidanmccartney) May 19, 2022
Fans have expressed their disgust at the scenes aired on TV and circulating on social media.
Absolutely devastated but so proud of the boys. Stuck together until the very end. ❤️ #stfc
Disgusting what happened at the end, having to protect ourselves with no help from the stewards. All you’s @OfficialPVFC Fans should be disgusted with yourselves.
— Jake O’Brien (@obrienjake_) May 19, 2022
Wycombe Wanderers’ player Jack Grimmer weighed in, tweeting: “An absolute disgrace with fans running on the pitch at Port Vale Football Club and running at Swindon Town players.
“Especially after what happened the other night.”