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Footage shows Plymouth and Wigan fans clashing as club release statement on sick chants

Footage shows Plymouth and Wigan fans clashing as a club release a statement regarding what happened inside the stadium on Saturday.

Callum Lang struck a 90th-minute winner which helped the Latics move up to second in League One as they claimed a thrilling victory at their fellow high-fliers.

Will Keane gave Wigan the lead as he tapped in from close range following a mistake by keeper Michael Cooper, however Danny Mayor levelled the scoreline soon after.

Cooper made amends for his error with an impressive 85th-minute save from substitute Stephen Humphreys after the striker had wriggled clear in the area.

Then Lang sealed the points as he fired low past Cooper after a good ball by Keane which sealed Plymouth’s third defeat in succession having not previously been beaten in the league since the opening day of the season and Ryan Lowe’s side slip to fourth in the table.

There was violence around the segregation zone in the Barn Park Stand, captured on camera, after Wigan scored in the 90th minute to take a 2-1 lead.

The Pilgrims promised swift and firm action will be taken against individuals who were responsible for the crowd disorder towards the end of the League One game.

The club issued a statement shortly after 6:30pm to confirm they had launched an investigation into the unsavoury incident.


The club has launched an investigation into the events that occurred during our Sky Bet League One fixture against Wigan Athletic.

A disturbance broke out in the Barn Park End during the closing stages of our 2-1 defeat on Saturday afternoon, and footage will be reviewed as a matter of urgency.

Argyle is a family and fan-focused football club. Irrespective of the findings of the investigation, the club thoroughly condemns the motives of those who seek to cause trouble at Home Park, or elsewhere.

We hold a zero-tolerance policy for this sort of behaviour, and swift and firm action will be taken against individuals found to have been responsible.


Wigan warmed up prior to the game in T-shirts supporting striker Charlie Wyke, who collapsed at training at the start of the week and is still in hospital.

Unfortunately there are reports that the home fans sang disgusting chants about Charlie Wyke.

Argyle manager Ryan Lowe was asked about the crowd disorder in his post-match Press conference.

He said: “Look, I was focused on the game in all honesty. I don’t like to see it when there is children in the ground. It’s not nice to see.

“I didn’t really see what was going on. It was towards the end and I think the police and stewards did a good job to shepherd them away. It’s not something we want to see especially when there is children in the ground.”

The incident was witnessed by Trevor Birch, the EFL chief executive, who was a guest of the club for the fixture.

Argyle’s United States-based owner/chairman Simon Hallett was also at the game upon his short visit to Plymouth for the home games against Wycombe Wanderers and Wigan this week.

Twitter users reacted as footage shows Plymouth and Wigan fans clashing…

@matthayesthfc: Investigate the Charlie Wyke chants while you’re at it

@LewisDannan: Think you need to look at wigan too their fans throwing coins at end when leaving Lyndhurst

@karl6982: Everyone’s so quick to blame the “lack of stewards”… how about people realise football is a game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and as much as it sucks, those “grown men and woman” fighting wouldn’t need stewards if they figured that out and stopped acting like children

@M4ttF0g: Bit of an insult to children, my kids wouldn’t behave like this.

@StevieWotsa: This may sound odd when i feel myself getting really outraged i never take it in to football i just leave and reflect some you win some you lose. Some people really need to handle that moment and take yourself away before its gets over the top. It’s just not worth it!.

@KaI_WAFC; I hope you mean how your fans jumped over the divide and started trying to fight with our fans and the police? Punched a young lad just trying to enjoy the game

@lwestlake7: “So called fans” as they call themselves embarrassing our club! But then again Wigan fans were just as bad! We lost to a last minute goal that’s football!! you have to accept the ups and downs that’s the game, but to act like that at the end from both sets of fans was pathetic!

@stueys4791: Almost zero stewarding outside of the Lyndhurst before kick off. I’ll raise my concerns with the Football League

@emjay14: If you need stewards present to not fight over a game of football, then maybe stay at home.

@JamesBate05: You can start by identifying the man that punched me

@rockape7852: Half time, under the devonport end fucking joke, like being in a play ground today, I’m all for people having a good time, that’s what it’s all about, however when you have kids jumping all over you I draw the fucking line, it was cringe worthy today, no control

@NikPAFC: One bloke queuing for food had to pick his kid up to stop him getting trampled on.

@jameswill26: Argyle in the mud after yesterday. We’re going to be facing a backlash for the antics of the minority. And If you’re singing Charlie wyke you’re better off dead. you’re not a football fan end of #pafc #utba #wafc

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