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VIDEO: King’s Lynn fan punches steward during FA Cup tie against Walsall

A video is doing the rounds and it shows a shocking moment one King’s Lynn fan punches a steward during the FA Cup tie against Walsall.

An early Brendan Kiernan goal put the League Two side in front, but their National League opponents pushed the visitors all the way in a stirring second-half display.

A short clip of the incident was uploaded to Instagram with it getting over 40,000 views in a matter of hours with the club urged to take action against the supporter.

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The Linnets say they are working hard with the police to identify the culprits involved in Saturday afternoon’s crowd disorder at The Walks Stadium.

A handful of home supporters were ejected from the ground during the game which attracted a crowd of just under 2,000.

While a steward was assaulted during the cup tie, rival supporters were also involved in a number of coin-throwing incidents.


Walsall got on the front foot with Tyrese Shade sending in a cross which was then turned behind for a corner by defender Kyle Callan-McFadden.

Five minutes later, George Miller attempted an overhead kick on the volley, however his effort was easily saved by hosts’ goalkeeper Paul Jones.

The opening goal eventually arrived on the 15th minute when a quickly-taken free-kick from Hayden White took a slight deflection and Kiernan was on hand to tap home at the far post.

It took the hosts around an hour to raise the noise levels as home skipper Michael Clunan saw his shot brilliantly cleared off the line by White.

There was suddenly a different feel to the tie as King’s Lynn ramped up the pressure in the second period to try and give their opposition a scare.

Junior Morias hit a shot into a body of Saddlers players and also headed wide as the Linnets valiantly went in search of an equaliser.

King’s Lynn continued to push forward, however they couldn’t get that much needed goal and Walsall done enough to seal their place into the next round.

Walsall boss Matt Taylor was satisfied as another clean sheet helped his side through in the FA Cup – but admitted he would have preferred a wider margin of victory.

“We showed the ultimate respect to the opposition today with the preparation we undertook for this game,” Taylor said. “The challenge to the players from me was to make sure you’re in the next round of the Cup and we’re in the hat, in the draw, and fortunately we are.

“Would I have preferred it to have been a slightly clearer scoreline? Of course I would have, but what the players have done is continued the good run of form.

“I look at the big picture and I think that’s unbeaten in eight games and two clean sheets in a row away from home in two games.

“Zeros and ones, in terms of conceding, and you’ve got a chance to win games and we’ve done that today.”

Kiernan finished from close-range at the back post after a deflected White cross from the right fell his way from a quickly-taken Walsall free-kick early on.

“I’m enjoying the players playing with the freedom they do from the structure they’re given,” Taylor added.

“They’re the ones making the decisions on the pitch. I’m pleased for Hayden, he Brendan and Tyrese (Shade) were an attacking threat today, it was difficult for George (Miller) to get into the game, but as George does he runs tirelessly and gives us a focal point.

“I’m really pleased with the performance of the team as a whole, but the strength of the XI on the pitch is the group, not everybody playing, the subs. To a man today I’m exceptionally pleased we’ve won the game.”

King’s Lynn were largely toothless in attack but when they did breach the Walsall box, crucial blocks from White, Stephen Ward and others ensured the Saddlers’ clean sheet remained intact.

The head coach continued: “It shows the players are willing to put bodies on the line for each other to keep a clean sheet.

“The group has been together now for four or five months, they are continually growing, they are forming stronger bonds both professionally and personally, from my perspective it’s as satisfying seeing the guys defend the goal with vigour and everything they have, so I’m extremely pleased.”

Fans reacted as a King’s Lynn fan punches a steward during the FA Cup tie against Walsall whilst there were also coin-throwing incidents from other supporters…

@andyroseblade: Morons, probably not been to a single game this season. Turn up for the big ones looking to cause trouble.

@I_Scott_Macleod: Nice work from the @WFCOfficial fans at @officialKLtown this afternoon who threw coins and hit my 14 year old son in the head cutting him. Idiots #walsall #kingslynn #FACup

@walsallred39: I was hit in the face with a coin thrown from your fans so they’re as bad as each other. Luckily for me it was just below the eye and it ain’t spoilt my boyish good lucks. 🙈

antcfc05: Took it like champ 😂😂😂

rob_arrowsmith: Never got why people target stewards…

Ryan Hargreaves: Hope the steward is alright

frankiecau04: Never knew their fans were punchy

Jason Lee: Absolutely disgusting, ban the culprits!

fazeseven: That’ll hurt with a fist made up of 6 fingers

Wayne Hatwell: Couldn’t believe what I was seeing, utterly shameful scenes

melv1965: Wait till they try it with a good firm like grimsby

nffc_bxiley_: ouch

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