Arrest after alleged attack on former Blackpool player

Chesterfield's Ian Evatt during the match against Preston North End at Deepdale
Chesterfield's Ian Evatt during the match against Preston North End at Deepdale
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A man has today been arrested after former Blackpool FC player Ian Evatt was allegedly punched, kicked and spat on during a pitch invasion by Preston North End fans.

The defender, who now plays for Chesterfield, spoke to police after his side’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of North End on Sunday.

Following the final whistle, PNE fans celebrated a 4-0 win on aggregate that secured their place in the League One play-off final by invading the pitch at Deepdale.

Lancashire Police launched an investigation yesterday after receiving a complaint over the alleged attack on Evatt, who made more than 200 appearances for Pool between 2006 and 2013.

Officers arrested a 20-year-old man from Preston this morning on suspicion of assault. He remains in custody.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Police are continuing to investigate the alleged assault on Chesterfield player Ian Evatt, which followed an otherwise largely peaceful incursion onto the pitch at the end of the Preston v Chesterfield match at Deepdale on Sunday, May 10. The player was thankfully not seriously hurt.

Officers are continuing to try and identify anyone involved in the assault.

Lancashire Police

“Officers are continuing to try and identify anyone involved in the assault. They would like to thank those who have provided information so far and appeal for anyone with information or who witnessed the incident to contact police on 101.”

After the match, Evatt tweeted: “To be attacked on a football pitch and fear for your safety is an absolute disgrace. I was punched kicked and spat on several times.”

Call 101 with information.