Hundreds of Wolverhampton supporters invade pitch and confront players' after team's loss... but run away when a handful of police confront them

  • Supporters make their feelings known by invading pitch following defeat
  • But they were forced back towards the edge by stewards and police
  • Pitch invasions held across country as teams were promoted or relegated
  • Incidents come in same month as football's 'weekend of shame'

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Hundreds of Wolverhampton Wanderers fans invaded the pitch following their defeat to Burnley this afternoon, but were pushed back when they were confronted with stewards and police.

Supporters of the relegration-threatened team appeared to remonstrate with players after making their way on to the pitch at Molineux to vent their anger at the final whistle.

One fan even punched a hole in the manager's dugout as fans shouted towards the stands following the defeat.

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Fans approach Wolves striker Kevin Doyle following his team's defeat to Burnley this afternoon, which has left the club a step closer to relegation

Fans approach Wolves striker Kevin Doyle following his team's defeat to Burnley this afternoon, which has left the club a step closer to relegation

A Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter punches a hole in the dugout as fans vent their anger at full time

A Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter punches a hole in the dugout as fans vent their anger at full time

But they were forced back towards the stands by police and stewards

But they were forced back towards the stands by police and stewards

The result left the West Midlands team on the brink of relegation from the npower Championship and fans appeared to want to let their feelings known as they made their way on to the pitch as dejected-looking players tried to make their way off.

But the fans were then forced back towards the edge of the pitch by police and stewards.

The disappointed Wolves fans however were not the only ones who decided to stage a pitch invasion with supporters of teams across the country making their way on to grounds as the fate of a number of teams was sealed at this late stage of the season.

The afternoon saw a number of teams promoted or relegated from their respective leagues, prompting pitch invasions as fans celebrated or commiserated with their team. 

 

The incidents come in the same month that a Blue Square Premier League match was suspended after angry fans invaded the pitch and allegedly attacked players from both sides.

A week earlier the sport witnessed a weekend of shame as violence marred Millwall's FA Cup tie and the Newcastle versus Sunderland clash in the Premier League.

Wolves fans vent their anger after invading the pitch following the defeat which has left their club close to relegation

Wolves fans vent their anger after invading the pitch following the defeat which has left their club close to relegation

Hundreds of Wolves fans invaded the pitch at Molineux after their team lost to Burnley 1-2

Hundreds of Wolves fans invaded the pitch at Molineux after their team lost to Burnley 1-2

Police form a wall along the half-way line at Molineux, where fans invaded the pitch after Wolves lost to Burnley

Police form a wall along the half-way line at Molineux, where fans invaded the pitch after Wolves lost to Burnley

Last week, Kidderminster Harrier's vital final game of the season at home to Stockport County was suspended early in the second half after visiting fans invaded the pitch when their side, who needed to win the match to avoid relegation, went a goal down.

The incident reportedly saw Harriers player Lee Vaughan punched by a fan.

Referee Michael Bull was forced to suspend the game and take the players off the pitch for safety reasons while stewards and police attempted to calm the situation.

A young and upset Wolves fan walks on to the pitch after the final whistle

A young and upset Wolves fan walks on to the pitch after the final whistle

The match resumed almost thirty minutes later with Kidderminster eventually winning 4-0.

A week earlier, fights erupted among Millwall supporters as their side lost 2-0 to Wigan at Wembley, leaving some fans with bloodied noses and younger ones weeping as they watched fans and officers clash.

And Newcastle fans ran amok and clashed with riot police as their side lost to local rivals Sunderland in the Premier League.

A Newcastle fan is pulled to the ground by police after confronting an officer on horseback following Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to Sunderland earlier this month

A Newcastle fan is pulled to the ground by police after confronting an officer on horseback following Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to Sunderland earlier this month


 

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if you support wolves, you have to accept that you will lose games more often than not...

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football is by far the most wasteful sport these days ... all the real passion has gone when footballers were paid next to nothing and these days on hundreds of thousands and all they do is winge and cheat! take a leaf out of a rugby players book! now that's a real sport! no wimps or flash players or ridiculously high wages! just playing a true game with passion!

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Sport and aggression should not be closer. Sad.

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There are more important things in life than football. This past week or two has shown that a number of fans could do well to remember that.

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There is no condoning violence but the passion this sport generates amongst ordinary people, many of whom don't have much else to look forward during the week is emmense and when the players don't show that same passion or pride for their team, what you see here is the result. Newcastle last week had just rolled over against their bittereat rivals, how do you think people will react to that kind of abject failure, they will revolt. People who do not understand the sport can never possibly understand why this kind of spectacle can ignite, when you look down your noses at football fans, it only makes things worse.

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Here we go again. Football fot the braindead. Time this sport was played behind closed doors as some of the 'fans' have no life and take it too seriously. it is a GAME.

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Oh my god it's only a game.... Calm down!

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I don't think I've ever read of rugby violence be it from supporters or players

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A typical soccer player's "career" lasts about ten years. Some get about 15 years but that's rare. So in the lower divisions they should be paid about FOUR or FIVE times what an average Joe gets at his 9 to 5 job. (Average Joe works about 40 years.) However, in the Spotlight Divisions (EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, etc) where 90% of the attention, marketing sales, advertising and tv money goes, players are WAY overpaid. Bring their paychecks back to something near what the AVERAGE paying customers can comprehend and appreciate and there wouldn't be nearly so much trouble, fighting, pitch invasions and anger. Should be said that the prizes are WAY TOO BIG also. Millions of dollars for getting to the quarters, or semis, or finals - Ridiculous! I have been looking forward to the whole thing collapsing for over 20 years. I do now believe that day is coming soon. Bring it on!

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Ridiculous its a GAME! I live here but wat idiots i live with!

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