INCE FEARS FANS’ STAB

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By BEN LLOYD

BLACK­POOL boss Paul Ince says he hopes it does not take a fan get­ting “stabbed” to make au­thor­i­ties tackle crowd trou­ble af­ter Mon­day night’s pitch in­va­sion at Pre­ston.

Ince looked on as hun­dreds of North End fans in­vaded the pitch fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over his Black­pool side in the Cap­i­tal One Cup.

The two clubs are old ri­vals but pas­sions ran too high as ugly scenes un­folded, with TV im­ages show­ing a stew­ard be­ing tram­pled by a po­lice horse as at­tempts were made to re­strain the rowdy sup­port­ers.

Ince (above) la­belled the scenes an “ab­so­lute joke”, adding: “Has some­one got to be stabbed be­fore we lis­ten?

“I won­dered if we have enough ste­wards.

“You see enough sit­u­a­tions where fans run on a pitch and I can un­der­stand fans’ ex­cite­ment, but there have been enough fright­en­ing things that have hap­pened to play­ers that we need to stamp down on it.”

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