A FOOTBALL steward from Wigan is today recovering after being trampled on by a horse at a match in Preston on Monday night.
The incident happened when Alan Entwistle was working at Deepdale for North End’s game with rivals Blackpool.
At the end of the match, the home fans invaded the pitch to celebrate their 1-0 win in front of the visiting supporters.
Mr Entwistle was restraining one fan as the police moved in, some on horseback.
However, the Wigan man took a tumble and fell into the path of two oncoming mounted policemen.
The game was live on television and the cameras picked up on both of the horses standing on the helpless Mr Enwtistle.
Thankfully, he wasn’t seriously injured and the club later confirmed he was treated at the ground for his injuries.
As the cameras came back after an ad break, they showed him bravely getting to his feet and walking off.
Early reports suggested that Mr Entwistle was taken to hospital but the club has refuted these claims and said that it was another steward who left in an ambulance.
A club spokesman said: “Contrary to early press reports the steward that was seen on TV in contact with a police horse was not taken to hospital and went home with colleagues after being given the all clear by medical staff at the ground.
“The only steward to receive any injuries at the stadium was working in a part of the stadium occupied by the visiting supporters.
“In reiterating that any invasion of the pitch is unacceptable, we would like to commend the police and stewards for responding in a timely and appropriate manner.”
Lancashire police have vowed to investigate the incident in which approximately 200 supporters invaded the pitch to cause trouble.
Supt Richard Morgan said: “We are aware that a steward was injured inside the ground and I would like to reassure people that will be looking into the circumstances around how and why that happened.
“We have been working closely with the football club in the lead up to and throughout the match.
“I would like to stress that it is only a minority who have been involved in the disorder with the majority of supporters enjoying the event and getting home safely.”