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Leeds United faces investigation after pitch invasion

Leeds United faces investigation after pitch invasion

The Football Association is to investigate a pitch invasion at Elland Road in the 1-1 draw between Leeds and Ipswich that delayed the League Championship match by 30 minutes.
The draw Saturday effectively sealed Leeds' relegation from into English soccer's third division.
Alan Lee's late equalizer for Ipswich caused hundreds of Leeds fans to spill on to their home field, forcing referee Michael Jones to order both teams back to the dressing rooms.
When the pitch was cleared, the final minute of the match was played.
With one round left, Leeds trails Hull by three points, but has a nine-goal worse differential.
"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," FA spokesman Mark Hooper said Sunday.
"It's more likely any individual found guilty of an offense will be banned, and we'd make sure the club is taking the right steps to ensure it doesn't happen again."
Leeds was the English league champion in 1992 and had top-five finishes in the Premier League every season from 1997-2002. In 2001, Leeds reached the Champions League semifinals, but lost to Valencia.
The club had borrowed millions of pounds to fund its success, but the failure to qualify for European soccer's top competition again left the club 103 million pounds ($206 million; euro151 million) in debt.
Top players, including England defender Rio Ferdinand, were sold to keep the club afloat. Leeds was relegated from the Premier League in 2004.
"It's a sad day for me, a sad day for the players, a sad day for the fans, and a sad day for everyone involved in this football club," Leeds manager Denise Wise said after Saturday's match.


Updated : 2021-05-19 09:35 GMT+08:00