Police investigating the pitch invasion that interrupted Blackpool FC’s final game of the season have today released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to.
Officers say around 150 people stormed the pitch at Bloomfield Road during the match at home to Huddersfield Town, on May 2, forcing the game to be abandoned.
As part of the investigation into the protest at Bloomfield Road, when fans vented their anger towards the Oyston family, detectives have identified two men they are keen to track down.
The match was delayed by around an hour before officials called it off amid concerns for players’ safety.
Police, who are not taking action against the majority of protesters, condemned the actions of a “small minority”, who they say engaged in public order offences.
Other alleged offenders have been identified and will be spoken to in the coming days.
The commission of public order or any other type of offence has no place in footballDet Insp Jason Richardson
Det Insp Jason Richardson, of Blackpool Police, said: “I would appeal to either the individuals themselves to come forward or anybody who recognises them to contact police.
“I’d like to echo again our thanks to both Blackpool FC and Huddersfield Town FC supporters for their restraint, support and cooperation which helped to ensure that everyone was able to leave the ground safely and without injury.
“While the majority of supporters present at the match behaved in a responsible and peaceful manner, a small minority of supporters overstepped the mark and their conduct is deemed to be unacceptable at a football fixture and Lancashire Police alongside Blackpool Football Club, the FA, the UK Football Policing Unit and the CPS will look to ensure they are brought to account for their actions.
“The commission of public order or any other type of offence has no place in football or any other family sporting event and we will look to ensure that such matters are dealt with proportionately so that future events are a safe and enjoyable spectacle for fans of all ages.”
Lancashire Police said it is not pursuing all the fans involved, despite it being a criminal offence to invade a football pitch, as the response would not be proportionate or in the public interest.
The Football League and Football Association are both currently investigating Pool over the pitch invasion, which halted the game after 48 minutes, with the score at 0-0.
Both sides were awarded a point after it was decided a replay was not needed.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 737 of May 12.