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Post match chaos with fans getting ‘knocked out’ fighting after Reading thrash Swindon

There was post match chaos on Tuesday fight with fans getting ‘knocked out’ fighting after Reading took to thrash Swindon 5-0.

The clubs went head to head for the first time in a competitive fixture in more than 21 years – having last faced one each other in a 0-0 draw at the County Ground back in February 2002.

On this occasions it was Reading who were the happier as Harvey Knibbs’ hat-trick helped the Royals on their way to a 5-0 victory which sees the group leaders go through with a game to left to play.

However it was a game marred by some trouble before and after the cup clash with supporters from both sides goading before fighting with police having to intervene after the final whistle outside of the ground.

A number of videos show what happened, as can be seen below, with reports that a few fans ended up being hurt as well as knocked out cold…

Also during the EFL Trophy game, one Swindon Town fan took it upon himself to run over the advertising hoardings and goad the home fans.

He ended up getting tennis balls and a number of other items chucked at him as he mocked the furious Reading supporters.

Reading seem to be smashing it in this competition, but are struggling in League One this season, not helped by administration talk and points deductions having been relegated last season – leading to protests against owner Dai Yongge from the stands which have halted matches in recent months.

Reading currently sit 22nd place in the standings, with four points deducted, but even without the deduction, Ruben Sellesโ€™ side would still be in the drop zone, and it could be even worse should they do go into administration.

So Reading fans were already prepared to chuck tennis ball onto the pitch for this occasion, instead it was aimed at the Swindon fan, who had been making some hand gestures before he held out his arms and chanted at them.

Stewards tried to hold back home fans, and after some time, a steward finally managed to take the fan off the pitch.

It all got too much after the game as we saw earlier in the article, police presence increasing running around the ground attending to a number of incidents that took place.

Reading: Button (Norcott 88), Mola (Stickland 88), Holmes (Dean 67), Knibbs (Azeez 56), Mukairu, Yiadom ยฉ, Guinness-Walker, Wareham, Craig (Wing 88), Rushesha, Vickers.

Unused subs: Carson, Ehibhatiomhan.

Goals: Knibbs (19, 45+2, 49), Mukairu (90+4), Dean (90+6).

Yellow: Craig, Holmes, Knibbs.

Swindon Town: Ward, McEachran ยฉ (Gray 56), Genesini (Keyes 86), Uwakwe, Kinsella, Dworzak (Hubbard 79), Shade (Hutt 79), Minturn, Obodo, Adams (Alston HT), Hart.

Unused subs: Fox, Gray, Evans.

Yellow: Shade.

Reading boss Ruben Selles said: โ€œIt was a positive night โ€“ we showed that we want to control the game from the very beginning.

โ€œIt is difficult to get that for 100 or more minutes, but we did a good job and what we needed to do, and we had some positive things tonight.

โ€œWe had a clear idea from the start and tried to play together and put the opposition under pressure. We like the feeling of victory! We can build on that.

โ€œEvery player on the pitch was good. We came with the intention to play football in the way that we want to do itโ€ฆ to be intense, to be vertical as much as we can, win the ball as high as possible and force the opposition to kick long and win it back.

โ€œWe had combinations all over the pitch โ€“ lots of good things.

โ€œWe take it game by game, but the cups bring the opportunity to play with a bit more free on the mental side. We need to transform those feelings and try to play with the same kind of flow in the league.

โ€œOn days like today, things connect. We need to try to do it more often.

โ€œIt is always good to win games, no matter what is the competition. It happened today and we will try to continue with that feeling.

โ€œIt was good to see a good atmosphere for a cup game โ€“ a lot of fans here supporting us, and with the rivalry too. It was good to be part of it.โ€

Here’s how Twitter users reacted to the post match chaos with fans getting ‘knocked out’ fighting after Reading thrash Swindon…

@DadsThatTravel: All over a EFL trophy game on an October Tuesday evening

@Brotonswfc: Rough night getting beat 5 nil and knocked out in a pizza cup game.

@Lincolnshire0wl: Grown men fighting in the street – aren’t they embarrassed?

@itfc_louis: Have a beer and go home ffs

@UnitedFord97: Absolutely disgusting that people resort to violence purely because the next man supports a different football club, cringeworthy, embarrassing, thuggish behaviour, makes my blood boil ๐Ÿคฌ

@tommyb1508: Grow up you fucking idiots. Fucking hell.

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