Police involved as ugly scenes mar draw

Ugly scenes at Bloomfield Road

Ugly scenes at Bloomfield Road

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Police were forced to intervene after ugly scenes marred Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Blackburn.

Stewards were seen racing into the tunnel after DJ Campbell and Jack Robinson were sent off in a messy end to a lively Lancashire derby.

DJ Campbell slides in on Matt Gilks

DJ Campbell slides in on Matt Gilks

Former Pool favourite Campbell was shown red after attempting to headbutt Seasiders defender Gary MacKenzie who took offence to the striker’s late challenge on Matt Gilks.

Young Pool full-back Robinson then got involved and was also shown red after appearing to grip the Blackburn man.

But it didn’t end there.

While Robinson went to the dressing room with no fuss, Campbell continued his row and had to be dragged off the field by team mate Leon Best.

Once inside the tunnel, stewards were seen running towards the dressing room area to deal with an incident involving a Blackburn player. One member of Rovers playing staff was spoken to by police after the game.

It’s unsure exactly what happened in the tunnel, but Pool’s assistant boss Alex Rae feels the striker lost control on the pitch.

“The fact the striker lunges for the ball means he had lost control,” he said.

“It was a two footed one, he could have gone in with one which would have been a little less dangerous.

“That obviously sparked the reaction.

“Having seen the footage, he actually tried to headbutt two people after the challenge, it’s fair to say the boy lost control.

“He maybe got caught up in coming back to Blackpool and lost his way a bit.”

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer was quick to blame Blackpool’s players for the sending off.

He said: “DJ was entitled to go for it but it’s the reaction of the Blackpool players after that caused two players to be dismissed from the field.

“(Matt) Gilks and DJ are mates so DJ is not going to hurt one of his mates.”

Almost all of the outfield players were involved in an ugly push and shoving match after the sending off.

Pool’s Rae understands everyone getting involved, but feels Campbell took it too far.

He said: “You want your players to stand up and be counted, but you don’t want headbutts.

“Leon Best got booked for going on the pitch, I’m not really sure what he was doing.

“At that stage I was thinking about joining in myself,” he joked.