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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 April 2007, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
FA to probe Leeds pitch invasion
Fans encroach onto the pitch during Leeds' draw with Ipswich
Fans encroach onto the pitch during Leeds' draw with Ipswich
The Football Association will launch an investigation into the pitch invasion by Leeds fans that marred Saturday's 1-1 draw with Ipswich at Elland Road.

Several hundred fans spilled on to the pitch and forced a 30-minute delay after a late Ipswich equaliser all but sealed Leeds' relegation to League One.

However, FA chiefs said it "was highly unlikely" a points deduction at the start of next season could be enforced.

Leeds are three points adrift of safety, with one match to play.

We would make sure the club is taking the right steps to ensure it doesn't happen again

FA spokesman Mark Hooper

And, with their goal difference far worse than Hull's, only a miracle on the last day of the season will keep the Yorkshire club in the Championship.

FA spokesman Mark Hooper said: "In the first instance it's a criminal offence to encroach on the pitch and we will be liaising with the police on that matter.

"We will be making various enquiries. We will wait to see the reports from our crowd observers and the referee's match report and will also be seeking observations from the club as to what happened.

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"It's too early to say what action the FA would find appropriate but it would be very unusual for that to be a points deduction.

"It's more likely any individual found guilty of an offence will be banned and we would make sure the club is taking the right steps to ensure it doesn't happen again."

SEE ALSO
Ridsdale saddened by Leeds plight
29 Apr 07 |  Leeds United
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30 Apr 07 |  Ipswich Town
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