Steward trampled by police horse during Preston v Blackpool pitch invasion

Blackpool manager Paul Ince furious at pitch invasion, as match steward treated in hospital for shoulder injury

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A steward required hospital treatment after being trampled by a police horse during a pitch invasion at a match involving Preston North End and Blackpool.

The incident occurred as Preston fans streamed onto the pitch to celebrate the winning goal in last night’s League Cup clash between the fierce local rivals.

The steward is believed to have been trying to shepherd fans off the pitch at Preston’s Deepdale Stadium, when a police horse knocked him to the ground.

Footage shows a second horse then approach the steward as he lies on the ground and clip him with its foot.

The steward was able to stand and walk away from the scene, but later had an X-ray in hospital to examine a shoulder injury.

Blackpool manager Paul Ince lashed out at the unsavoury finale, which ended in a 1-0 win for Preston following an 87th minute goal that fired up fans.

“We've seen goalkeepers get hit and players get punched. When are we going to learn? When you've got 200 Preston fans running on the pitch and my players are still on the pitch, who knows?”

Mr Ince added: “There's no control and is it going to take someone getting stabbed before we wake up and smell the coffee?“