The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS - By Tom Black­ett

THE EFL have de­fended their ac­tions over the con­tro­ver­sial con­clu­sion to Ley­ton Ori­ent’s fi­nal home game of the sea­son against Colch­ester United last Saturday.

O’s fans in­vaded the pitch to protest against the club’s owner Francesco Bec­chetti in the clos­ing stages of the game, which the U’s won 3-1. The match was even­tu­ally fin­ished be­hind closed doors.

The EFL said: “Stren­u­ous at­tempts were made to clear the pitch af­ter the in­cur­sion. These at­tempts, in­clud­ing ap­peals from Ley­ton Ori­ent, failed.

“It was only when these ef­forts were ex­hausted that the de­ci­sion was taken by the EFL to an­nounce the aban­don­ment of the game to clear the pitch and, when it was safe, al­low the play­ers to re­turn to com­plete the fix­ture.

“This ap­proach was a last re­sort. There is no re­gret with re­gard to the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion that was made, only dis­ap­point­ment that it had to be taken.”

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