Leyton Orient match resumed after referee tricks fans into ending sit-down protest with fake abandonment

Callum Davis
Leyton Orient fans stage a sit-down protest at Brisbane Road  - REX

Leyton Orient's match with Colchester United resumed in incredible circumstances on Saturday afternoon after the match had been initially abandoned on Saturday afternoon when protesting fans invaded the pitch and refused to leave. 

Leyton Orient fans stormed the Brisbane Road pitch and staged a sit-down protest against their under-fire owner Francesco Becchetti.

The referee was forced to stop Leyton Orient's match against Colchester United after hundreds of supporters stormed the pitch chanting "Becchetti out!" and “Sit down for the Orient!”

The decision was eventually taken to abandon the game after stewards tried for 40 minutes to usher fans off the pitch.

However half an hour the match was officially called off, both sets of players once again took their place on the pitch to play the last five minutes.

Fans invade the pitch at Brisbane Road  Credit: PA
A flare is released as fans refuse to leave the Brisbane Road pitch  Credit: REX

The east London club dropped out of the Football League last weekend following a 3-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra. 

HMRC issued the club with a winding-up order last month over unpaid taxes.

Bechetti has been given until June 12 to pay his debts or face selling the club.

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