A pitch invasion at the end of a game between Preston North End and Blackpool that led to a football steward being trampled by a police horse on Monday, has been labelled "completely unacceptable" by police, who have vowed to prosecute troublemakers.
We are aware that a steward was injured inside the ground and I would like to reassure people that will be looking into the circumstances around how and why that happened.
We have been working closely with the football club in the lead up to and throughout the match. I would like to stress that it is only a minority who have been involved in the disorder with the majority of supporters enjoying the event and getting home safely.
A football steward appeared to be trampled by a police horse following a pitch invasion at the end of the Capital One Cup game between Preston North End and Blackpool tonight.
The steward, who was wearing a hi-vis jacket, was on the Deepdale pitch helping clear fans after the hosts' late winner prompted scores of supporters to run from the stands to congratulate the players.
But one steward appeared to be struck by a police horse as it cantered across the pitch, while another horse - also helping with crowd dispersal - seemed to clip the steward as he lay on the ground.
Tom Clarke headed the only goal as the League One side defeated Lancashire rivals Blackpool.