Milton Keynes Dons are to face an investigaton by the Football Association for crowd trouble after the side were promoted back to League One.
Their supporters legged it onto the field to celebrate going up from League Two, but then Mansfield Town fans also ran on, before fighting broke out with bottles also being thrown on the pitch.
MK won 1-0 in what was a tense game to take them back to the third tier of English football at the first attempt but condemned Mansfield to the playoffs.
Watch the moment trouble broke out in the video clips below…
(Video by Michael Edwards on the ‘League Two Banter Group – EFL SkyBet League 2’ Facebook group)
In the video clip below, you can see a real mix of feelings, most jubilant with fans including kids running onto the pitch through another set of supporters who are asking for a fight with others as they show their frustration at their side missing out on automatic promotion. Sad sight really though good to see some children ignore it and instead do a sliding celebration amongst it all…
Mansfield boss David Flitcroft said: “I was asking some of their fans, ‘Please celebrate with your own players and don’t goad our supporters.’
“I don’t think that was very respectful. Go and celebrate with your own team. This was a difficult after-game experience.”
After watching the game, which saw Wheeler getting the only goal with a header after two minutes, manager Paul Tisdale said: “I need a holiday!”
“Those six minutes of injury felt like a lifetime and seemed to go on forever. There were a lot of people who were desperate for that whistle to blow, especially me, but we defended fantastically well.
“What am I going to do now? I’m desperate for a holiday – after losing two play-off finals with Exeter in the last two years, you don’t get much of a break by the time your season’s been extended by an extra three weeks.
“So forgive me for being selfish, but I won’t miss the play-offs one bit – I’m going to enjoy a bit of a party and then a holiday, although knowing me I will probably start thinking about football again after a couple of days.
“I feel sorry for Mansfield because they have been extremely consistent and I wish them all the best. They threw everything at us and, crikey, we just about got there in the end.”
David Flitcroft then spoke of the dejection he felt: “I’m sick to my stomach and I’m raw. I’m hurting for my players and our supporters, but we have to pick ourselves up quickly for the play-offs.
“There is no time to wallow in self-pity.”
On the crowd trouble, Flitcroft stated: “I was asking some of their fans, ‘Please celebrate with your players and don’t goad our supporters.’
“We tried to get some of their supporters away from ours. I don’t think it was very respectful. Go and celebrate with your own team. It was a difficult after-match experience.”
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