The referee, Kevin Lynch, had no option but to stop the game and he sent the players back to the safety of the dressing-room while the police attempted to restore order. After a 15- minute interruption, QPR went on to win 2-1.
Fans also found themselves on the pitch at Maine Road, where Manchester City's First Division game against Stoke was delayed after a fire alarm went off in a stand. The fire brigade evacuated a quarter of the stand, ordering spectators to stand on the side of the pitch until they could give the all clear. The game, which City won 2-0, started 15 minutes late and City won 2-0.Reuse content