Police identify alleged Blackpool pitch invaders

Stewards guard the goal as Blackpool fans stage a protest and pitch invasion against the running of the club.

Stewards guard the goal as Blackpool fans stage a protest and pitch invasion against the running of the club.

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Police investigating the pitch invasion at Bloomfield Road on the last day of the season say they have identified two suspects following an appeal.

Blackpool FC’s home game against Huddersfield Town on May 2 was called off after being interrupted by the anti-Oyston protest 48 minutes into the match.

While the majority of those involved in the peaceful demonstration are not being investigated, officers say a small minority engaged in public order offences.

On Friday, police issued images of two people they wanted to speak to in connection with the probe as they appealed for help to identify them.

Lancashire Police today confirmed the appeal was a success. The men have not yet been spoken to by police.

A spokesman said: “The two men pictured in the CCTV images have now been identified and enquiries are on-going.”

A number of other people are due to be spoken to by police in the coming weeks as part of the investigation.

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.

The protest was part of a string of demonstrations by fans angry at the way the club is being run.

It came at the end of a disappointing season that saw the Seasiders relegated to League 1.