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FA to probe Sheffield Wednesday-Crystal Palace trouble

Crystal Palace manager Paul Hart and Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine
Crystal Palace manager Paul Hart celebrates on the final whistle as Wednesday boss Alan Irvine looks on

The Football Association has launched an inquiry into the crowd trouble at Sunday's game between Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace.

Fans clashed on the Hillsborough pitch after the 2-2 draw that sealed the Owls' relegation from the Championship.

A Wednesday club statement said: "Individuals proven to have behaved inappropriately will be placed on lifetime club bans."

Crowd trouble at Monday's Luton-York game will also be probed by the FA.

"Following Sheffield Wednesday's fixture with Crystal Palace there were several reported incidents," said an FA spokesman on Tuesday.

Pitch invasion saddens Sheff Wed chairman

"The FA will this morning contact both clubs as well as local authorities to begin collecting information and evidence relating to the allegations."

Needing to win in front of a 37,121 sell-out to avoid relegation to League One, hosts Sheffield Wednesday were twice behind before Darren Purse's late equaliser ensured a tense finale.

But Palace, who needed to to avoid defeat to remain in the Championship, managed to hold on.

Fans of both sides invaded the pitch after the final whistle and had to be separated by police.

Several violent exchanges were snuffed out, but Palace defender Clint Hill required the protection of stewards as he headed to the dressing rooms.

A Wednesday club statement said the club would co-operate fully with South Yorkshire police.


"As with any event at Hillsborough, the club will review the matchday operations and will also assist police regarding any incidents that may have taken place away from the stadium," said the statement.

"The club will be in contact with the police and local safety advisory group to ensure the club plays its role in any investigations that will take place surrounding Sunday's match."

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see also
Fans held after relegation match
04 May 10 |  South Yorkshire
Violence mars Luton loss to York
04 May 10 |  Non League
Hart emotional as Palace survive
02 May 10 |  Championship
Sheff Wed 2-2 Crystal Palace
02 May 10 |  Championship

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