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Derby and Cardiff players forced to leave the pitch in emergency evacuation at Pride Park

Videos have emerged appearing to show Derby County and Cardiff City players, fans and staff forced to leave the pitch in emergency evacuation at Pride Park.

At 7:15pm tonight, they and the media were told to leave the stadium due to flares being set off in the away end. Though it’s also claimed because ‘someone pressed the wrong button’.

An announcement came over the tannoy, the person speaking could be heard saying: “Attention please, this is an emergency. Please leave the stadium by the nearest available exit.”

Fire exits around the ground were opened and with all those who had made their way into the stadium ready to watch the game ended up leaving and stood out and waited in the car parks.

The evacuation only lasted a between 5 and 10 minutes and then everyone was allowed back into the stadium.

Kick-off wasn’t delayed and the televised match still went ahead as planned at 7:45pm.

Still no confirmation was announced by the police or fans, though it wouldn’t be surprising if something was soon published.

The game started rather excitingly with Derby County’s Scott Malone breaking the deadlock after 6 minutes before Robert Glatzel grabbed an equaliser from the penalty spot 10 minutes later.


After finding out about the chaos that took place prior to kick off, fans took to give their reaction on it all with some throwing a joke or two in there about whether it was snowing – see those tweets on the next page.


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