An FA Sunday Cup game between Sunderland based side Southwick and Aylesbury Flooring was abandoned at the weekend due to crowd violence.
Reports of violence alleged to have flared at the cup semi-final which was held at Gainsborough Trinity’s ground.
A video which is doing the social media rounds shows part of what happened whilst the game was being played.
Watch video footage which shows people inside and outside the ground throwing missiles and trying to get at each other below…
This video appears to show part of what happened whilst the game was being played.
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) April 1, 2019
An explanation to why the game was abandoned stated: “Things first began to get heated after Aylesbury went 1-0 up, with Southwick players making a number of fouls on Aylesbury players in frustration. This got worse after a horrendous challenge in the second half resulting in the first Southwick red card. Then shortly after the second Southwick red, a number of red smoke bombs were thrown onto the pitch and into the stands (I think from outside the ground). Then a couple of minutes later a few heads popped up over the fence and I saw a couple of objects (I heard someone mention a brick) being aimed at Aylesbury supporters. Aylesbury fans went over and challenged them while stewards tried to separate them (and apparently some were injured whilst doing so). The referee then decided to end the game on 84 minutes Aylesbury 2-0 up, and they will take the victory.”
Massive congratulations to Aylesbury Flooring FC who through to the FA Sunday Cup Final!?
The game was abandoned with 5 mins to go due to crowd disturbance!?
The 2nd goal:pic.twitter.com/XH3LgwL9aX
— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) March 31, 2019
Richard Kane, chairman of Gainsborough Trinity, tweeted: “Shameful behaviour from Sunderland Southwick v Aylesbury Flooring today at @GainsTrinityFC what is wrong with you… you have let non league football down I am embarrassed to say we had you at our ground.”
John Topping, company secretary at Durham County FA, said: “We have been made aware of an incident that took place at the game and the FA are investigating.”
A spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Police said: “We were called to a sporting premises on Northolme, Gainsborough, to a report of a group of people fighting and causing trouble at a football match. “Upon police arrival, the group dispersed from the area.”
The FA Sunday Cup Final will be contested by semi-final winners Aylesbury Flooring and Birstall Stamford, with the venue yet to be confirmed.
Previously it’s been held at Bramall Lane, Ewood Park, Pirelli Stadium, Prenton Park, Anfield and others.
After watching and finding out on the trouble that was caused at Gainsborough for the Sunday League Cup match, fans took to social media to give their reaction on the next page.