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Didcot Town issue statement after match abandoned due to crowd trouble

A spectator filmed footage of the incident Credit: Lawrence Belcher

Didcot Town FC have released a statement after a pitch invasion caused yesterday's Southern League match with Hereford to be abandoned in the 88th minute.

Trouble flared after Hereford took a 2-1 lead just minutes from time.

A number of people invaded the pitch, with some reports saying the referee was injured.

Thames valley Police have confirmed two Hereford fans were arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

"Didcot Town FC are very disappointed that violence resulted in the game versus Hereford FC being abandoned this afternoon.

Didcot Town FC will continue to work closely with all relevant authorities, Hereford FC and other concerned parties to assist in all forthcoming enquiries.

We will not be making any more comment at this stage."

– Didcot Town FC statement

Thames Valley Police issued the following statement:

“Towards the end of the Didcot FC vs Hereford FC game in Didcot yesterday, a number of people ran onto the pitch.

“Two people were arrested in connection with this incident. A 19-year-old man from Hereford was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence, and a 19-year-old man from Hereford was arrested on suspicion of common assault.”

– Thames Valley Police statement

"Hereford FC is deeply concerned by events that unfolded at Didcot, which led to the referee abandoning the fixture close to the end.

It goes without saying that Hereford FC does not condone unlawful behaviour of any sort and club officials will be working very closely with the local Police, Didcot Town, the stewards who were in attendance, the FA and the Southern League to establish the relevant facts, secure all available evidence and conduct a thorough investigation.

Whilst the investigation is ongoing, we will not be making any further comment on today’s events."

– Hereford FC statement