Valley Park Stadium in London witnessed a strange incident when a fan of Port Vale Club – which plays in the first division (English Championship) – came down and started chasing the referee after he awarded a penalty kick to the rival team, Portsmouth, last Saturday evening.
In the 88th minute of the match, referee Craig Hicks awarded a penalty kick for Portsmouth, which angered a Port Vale fan.
In a clip widely circulated on social media, the fan can be seen running along the field towards Hicks, who is running in the opposite direction after noticing the person.
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The fan went down to the field and started chasing the referee inside the field and forced him to leave.
The referee was forced to hide outside the field until security forces were able to arrest the angry fan who stormed the field after the players and staff were forced to restrain him.
Stunning moment Port Vale fan chases referee Craig Hicks off the pitch during Portsmouth clash 😱
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Following his arrest, the match resumed, and Portsmouth was able to decide it with a goal scored by Colby Bishop from a penalty kick in the 88th minute.
Port Vale issued a statement in light of the incident immediately after the match, saying that the club condemned “the actions of the individual who entered the field of play during today's match against Portsmouth.”
He added, “We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure that the matter is dealt with and that no individual will be tolerated. We remind all fans that entering the field of play is a criminal offense.”
The result keeps Portsmouth at the top of the Championship, while Port Vale are in 20th place, just one place above the relegation zone.