PNE charged by FA for play-off crowd incident

Preston North End fans invade the pitch at the end of the game during the Sky Bet League One, Play Off Semi Final, Second Leg at Deepdale, Preston.  Picture credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire.

Preston North End fans invade the pitch at the end of the game during the Sky Bet League One, Play Off Semi Final, Second Leg at Deepdale, Preston. Picture credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire.

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Preston North End have been charged by the FA in relation to crowd trouble at Deepdale after the play-off second leg victory against Chesterfield last month.

Some North End fans staged a pitch invasion after PNE secured a place in the play-off final at Wembley.

But the celebrations were marred as Chesterfield captain and former Blackpool player Ian Evatt was attacked on the pitch.

PNE fan Matthew Edwards admitted assaulting Evatt during the pitch invasion.

The 20-year-old, from Preston, received a three year football banning order and was also fined £135 and ordered to pay costs of £255 after he pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrates’ Court to assault by beating last month.

A spokesman for the FA said: “It is alleged the club failed to ensure that no spectators or unauthorised persons refrained from provocative and/or abusive and/or threatening and/or violent behaviour while attending the fixture against Chesterfield.”

The club have until June, 15 to respond to the charges.