Previous
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leicester City
4
3
FT
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
West Ham United
2
0
FT
Game Details
Liverpool
Crystal Palace
4
3
FT
Game Details
Manchester United
Brighton & Hove Albion
2
1
FT
Game Details
Newcastle United
Cardiff City
3
0
FT
Game Details
Southampton
Everton
2
1
FT
Game Details
Watford
Burnley
0
0
FT
Game Details
Arsenal
Chelsea
2
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Next

Arsenal send Macey on loan to Plymouth Argyle

Transfers
Read
Rotherham UnitedRotherham United
Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury Town
2
1
AET
Game Details
Rotherham UnitedRotherham United
Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe United
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 2
Game Details
Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury Town
Charlton AthleticCharlton Athletic
1
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe United
Rotherham UnitedRotherham United
2
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Charlton AthleticCharlton Athletic
Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury Town
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury Town
Milton Keynes DonsMilton Keynes Dons
0
1
FT
Game Details
Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe United
Bradford CityBradford City
1
1
FT
Game Details
GillinghamGillingham
Plymouth ArgylePlymouth Argyle
5
2
FT
Game Details
Doncaster RoversDoncaster Rovers
Wigan AthleticWigan Athletic
0
1
FT
Game Details
Northampton TownNorthampton Town
Oldham AthleticOldham Athletic
2
2
FT
Game Details
AFC WimbledonAFC Wimbledon
BuryBury
2
2
FT
Game Details
PortsmouthPortsmouth
Peterborough UnitedPeterborough United
2
0
FT
Game Details

Stoke City pepper-spray incident 'justified' in 'challenging situation' - police

The Bet365 Stadium, home of Stoke City.
Police used pepper spray to control a crowd of Stoke City fans during a game away against Preston North End.

Police defended their decision to use pepper spray on Stoke City fans during a game at Preston North End on Saturday but acknowledged they can learn from the incident.

A number of fans, including a 12-year-old boy, were subject to crowd-control measures during half-time of the 2-2 draw at Deepdale, leading to criticism that officers unnecessarily escalated the situation.

After a review earlier this week, Lancashire Constabulary chief superintendent Pete Lawson said the officers used the pepper spray "based on the best information available to them in an extremely challenging situation."

"Officers were confronted by a group of supporters who had been kicking at an exit door at a time when it was also reported a match steward was under attack," Lawson said in a statement, according to the Stoke Sentinel. "They acted in the honestly held belief that the threat they and others faced made the use of [the spray] justified and proportionate.

"Lessons have been learned, including key points about the difficulties that can be experienced communicating effectively in a loud and crowded environment. Although serious, this was the only incident of real concern all day and the behaviour of the vast majority of Stoke supporters was good."

A video uploaded to Twitter appears to show several police officers approaching a crowd of chanting and gesturing supporters before deciding to use the spray.

A spokesman for Stoke said the club are disappointed police consider the matter closed.

"We are surprised that they have issued the statement so quickly as it suggests they have completed their inquiry into the incident," he told the Stoke Sentinel.

"Based on our current knowledge, we are unable to agree or accept the conclusions they appear to have reached and would welcome further dialogue and investigation on the matter."

Police constable Paul Elliot, Preston's football officer, apologised to supporters for the incident after the game.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.