League One side Leyton Orient beat Swindon Town 3-1 on Saturday to maintain their lead in the standings, but the story of the match was an ugly incident. During a stoppage of play, a Swindon fan stormed the pitch and threw several punches at Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones.
Reports have since confirmed that the fan was immediately arrested, and Orient’s chief executive Matt Porter said Swindon are set to hand the supporter a life ban from their ground.
Swindon confirm fan who ran on pitch and attacked Jamie was arrested and will be banned for life. We will also press for strongest penalty— Matt Porter (@MattPorter_LOFC)
According to the Daily Mail, the FA will speak to officials from both Swindon and Orient before deciding on whether to take any more action.
A spokesman said: ‘We deplore scenes of this kind and would call for the authorities to take the appropriate actions if allegations of assault are proven.
The spokesman also confirmed the FA would push for a banning order from all grounds.
Following the incident, infuriated O’s manager Russell Slade called for a lifetime ban on all grounds, while Swindon chairman Jed McCrory apologized to Jones and vowed to launch a review of the club’s safety measures.
Pictures of the attack, as well as comments by Orient captain Nathan Clarke are below:
Slade: “It was a fantastic performance soured by what happened. It was the worst I’ve seen as a manager” pic.twitter.com/uGxfghbyij— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)
Clarke: “Jamie handled it well and fair play to Swindon, their captain apologised on behalf of them straight away” pic.twitter.com/J1d3vlFooJ— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc)