Wednesday 20 September 2017

Crystal Palace fan arrested by police after attempting to 'punch' Damien Delaney

The Crystal Palace fan is restrained by security after confronting Damien Delaney. CREDIT: EPA
The Crystal Palace fan is restrained by security after confronting Damien Delaney. CREDIT: EPA

Callum Davis

A furious Crystal Palace supporter had to be restrained by Selhurst Park security after invading the pitch to confront Eagles defender, Damien Delaney.

In a must-win match for Sam Allardyce's Premier League strugglers, Crystal Palace were left stunned as they found themselves 4-0 down to Sunderland at half time.

Lamine Kone had given the away side an early lead before three quick-fire goals led to chants of "you're not fit to wear the shirt" from irate Palace supporters.

The humiliating scoreline was too much for one fan to bare as he forced his way onto the Selhurst Park pitch to confront Damien Delaney as the two teams headed into the tunnel at half time.

Stadium security struggled to restrain the fan, who reportedly attempted to punch the Republic of Ireland centre back.

Delaney did not re-emerge from the dressing room after half time with Andros Townsend taking his place.

The fan was subsequently arrested by police at Selhurst Park.

Sunderland, who began the day bottom of the Premier League table, were yet to win in 2017 before the start of the game.

The win for David Moyes' team sees them move level on points with Crystal Palace, who drop to 19th in the Premier League table after Hull's shock 2-0 win over Liverpool.

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