In pictures: Swindon fan attacks goalkeeper

In pictures: Swindon fan attacks goalkeeper

In pictures: Swindon fan attacks goalkeeper

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade has called for a Swindon fan who punched goalkeeper Jamie Jones to be banned for life.

Orient’s 3-1 win at the County Ground was marred by a shocking incident midway through the second half, when the supporter ran on to the pitch and attacked the visitors’ keeper.

In pictures: Swindon fan attacks goalkeeper

Jones was thankfully unhurt and able to finish the match, and afterwards a shocked Slade said: “It was a great win but it was clouded by the fan coming on to the pitch and throwing three punches at my goalkeeper.

“It was totally unbelievable – the worst scene I have seen since I have been a manager.

“Jamie is okay but it doesn’t make it right, it is outrageous. He needs a ban for life and should never go to another football match.

“He had a long time in the six-yard box before the stewards did anything.”

Swindon chairman Jed McCrory apologised to Jones and vowed to ban the offender, as well as launching a review of the club’s safety measures.

“We will be speaking to the police with reference to their report next week,” he told the Swindon Advertiser.

In pictures: Swindon fan attacks goalkeeper

“We don’t condone any actions where supporters come on to the pitch and, if found guilty, he will receive a ban.

“We apologise to Jamie Jones, the Leyton Orient board members and their supporters and will review the stewarding around the ground to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“I would also like to mention that overall the Swindon Town fans during my time at the club have been impeccable. We don’t want one incident to ruin the club’s supporters’ reputation for being a fun and well-behaved crowd both home and away.”

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