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Brighton v Crystal Palace marred with fans fighting and players confronting away end

Brighton v Crystal Palace ended up being marred with fans fighting and players confronting the away end come the final whistle.

The M23 derby saw Brighton thrash Crystal Palace 4-1 with Lewis Dunk, Jack Hinshelwood and Facundo Buonanotte scoring in first half.

Jean-Philippe Mateta pulled goal back but Joao Pedro added a fourth; Michael Olise went off injured for the Eagles, whose fans also protested against the board, calling for changing and displaying messages on banners.

We start with before the Premier League fixture, with both sets of fans goading each other whether in the street, in the station or as Palace fans made their way to the stadium.

As the away supporters got closer to the Amex, footage can be seen showing police making some arrests, some fans laid out on the ground while being handcuffed, while another video shows what looks to be a Brighton fan striking a Palace supporter in the head.

Then after the game, several players confronted their own fans, who had been left frustrated with their team, leading to heated scenes.

Joachim Andersen went over to talk to those in the away end, before reportedly rowing with them and then got dragged away by fellow teammates and staff.

As seen in the video below, assistant coach Paddy McCarthy pulled Andersen out of trouble with supporters were said to be “tapping their chests” to suggest that players were lacking passion.

Furious Crystal Palace fans also chanted for Roy Hodgson’s head and then also held anti-Steve Parish flags.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, on the banners against club’s board: “I think it is harsh, I think it is wrong. I think Steve Parish has done a fantastic job for the club. We understand the fans are unhappy, we got beaten heavily at Arsenal and came here and our fans expected us to win the game and lost 4-1. It would be unrealistic to expect them to go home happy after that and unrealistic also to think the fans aren’t going to protest. All I can say is we are doing our best.

“Of course you always empathise in the sense, as a fan, you want your team to win. But games have to be analysed. Fans will have come here with high hopes. Unfortunately at the moment, especially given the situation we find ourselves in, not even being able to field a team a bit more capable of doing that, you have to accept it isn’t always going to work out that way.

“Dreams and hopes are one thing but at the same time there is reality and the reality today was, despite our best efforts, we were outplayed by a better team.”

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, speaking to MOTD: “A very bad result. In the first half we were comprehensively outplayed. They played extremely well.

“I thought in the second half the players did the best they could to stay in the game to give ourselves a chance. It is a derby game, a game that is important to Palace people and when you lose 4-1 it is a bad day.

“It is really decisive when you concede a corner after a minute and the opposing team scores. It does affect you.

“You can always try to analyse a game and find a way of saying ‘if only this or that happened’ but the bottom line was that Brighton were better than us today, they deserved to win the game. I would say at 3-0 down we kept going despite once again injuries to key players.”

On injuries to Marc Guehi and Michael Olise: “Very, very disappointing. With hindsight I know people will say at 3-0 down why bring him on, we brought him on because we had the green light from the medical people that he was able to play the second half. They told us to put him on the bench and not start him. When you have one of your best players on the bench, he is there and everyone thinks if he is ready to play half a game, you want to take advantage of that. It would have been tough to say ‘stay sitting there’. There’s no crystal ball. If someone had said ‘if you put him on, he will pull a muscle’ then we wouldn’t have done so.”

Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi, speaking to MOTD:ย “We played very well, we played with pride. We suffered a lot after the Luton game and we showed our quality, our human qualities.

“I knew before the game after Luton it would be like today. I know my players, I know their human qualities. I am proud when we win or lose because I believe in them, I respect them as people first of all and as players.

“In the second half we tried to keep the ball. You have to understand when is the time to keep the ball and when is the time to attack the space.

“My players are playing very well in my time here. We are fighting, we are seventh in the table. The fans can be proud and happy. I think we are fighting more than our possibility because we are playing with a lot of injuries.”


Twitter users reacted with Brighton v Crystal Palace marred as fans took fighting and players ended up confronting the away end…

@seagull1974: On and off the pitch these clowns get smashed ๐Ÿ˜‚

@Allthe77s: Feels like something kicks off somewhere every week now. The Euros could be eventful.

@JonCPFCAllen: They all need to grow upโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™„

@MarkW_QPR: He went looking for it, and got clumped ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

@TomSharp_: Absolutely class, football heritage, love to see it

@LennonMUFC99: All because of a Motorway nice one

@ICTFCkenny: Got banged ๐ŸฅŠ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ. Pathetic culture pathetic people

@EuXden: Bro fucked around and found out

@JG_1886: Most tin pot โ€˜rivalryโ€™ going ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

@MJC439: Probably the luckiest Palace fan today, if he wasnโ€™t lucky he didnโ€™t have to see their team absolutely dismantled. Night night ๐Ÿ˜ด

@XRPtsunami50: He went looking for for it ๐Ÿ‘€ and found it ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸฅŠ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿค•๐Ÿคฃ

@PotnoodIefringe: Grown men ๐Ÿ˜‚

@Cameron88495941: Messed about n found out

@maccalad10: Nothing new here with Palace getting battered ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

@JohnLewisEU: This country seems to be slipping backwards into something

@LakeyLake75: Palace fan levelled. Never understand these 1diots going to a footie match & fighting. Now that guy has a bruised ego to go with the battering his team got ๐Ÿซข

@00jklfc: reckon the police should just swerve it and let them kill each other

@_matthewenglish: Nothing like two irrelevant clubs trying to force a rivalry ๐Ÿ˜‚

@sdj17: Blokes in there 50โ€™s, on camera, losing jobs come Monday. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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