Anger as no action over match violence

IPSWICH Town chairman David Sheepshanks has told of his anger as it emerged Leeds United would not be punished for violent scenes at a match.The Football Association (FA) said it would not be taking any action against the Yorkshire club for the pitch invasion at the match in April, during which travelling Ipswich fans were pelted with missiles and subjected to intimidation and verbal abuse.

IPSWICH Town chairman David Sheepshanks has told of his anger as it emerged Leeds United would not be punished for violent scenes at a match.

The Football Association (FA) said it would not be taking any action against the Yorkshire club for the pitch invasion at the match in April, during which travelling Ipswich fans were pelted with missiles and subjected to intimidation and verbal abuse.

Town's teenage striker Billy Clarke was attacked by a fan before the major invasion, which caused the match to be held up for 30 minutes before the final moments could be played.

South Yorkshire police have made a number of arrests relating to the incident, but the FA has confirmed the club itself will not face any sanctions.

Mr Sheepshanks said: “I have had some pretty choice words to say to the FA about this. I personally feel it is a weak response.

“I was at Elland Road and was witness to the repeated intimidation and provocation.

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“Although I did not see first hand the violence inflicted, I did see the after-effects and it was abhorrent.”

Mark Hooper, spokesman for the FA, said: “From the meeting we had with the police and Leeds United it was clear they had taken action to identify and deal with the individuals involved.

“Therefore it was decided that no further action was required to be taken against Leeds United.

“We are satisfied that the individuals were responsible for the event that day and that every effort has been made to find them and punish them with bans from the stadium.

“That will send a message out their actions are not acceptable and we will work with Leeds United to ensure there will be no repeat.”

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