The friendly between Gateshead FC and Dunston UTS FC on July 21, Friday, was called off after the clash drew 1-1 at the break as three masked men invaded the pitch by driving cars. One of the cars was a hearse, and both the vehicles went into circles while leaflets were thrown out of the windows. However, the incident took a bizarre turn as the hearse was left abandoned on the pitch.
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The video of the incident has been circulating all over the social media, where the masked men could be seen invading the pitch and drifting across it in their respective vehicles. Not only this, but the driver of the hearse left the vehicle stranded on the pitch as he joined the group and drove off.
Northumbria Police released a statement later on Friday night and informed that the investigation is underway. The statement read, “Police have launched an investigation following a disturbance during a football match in #Gateshead. At around 8.20pm today (Friday) it was reported two cars drove on the pitch during half-time of the Dunston UTC v Gateshead match at Dunston Football Club on Wellington Rd.”
It further said, “Disorder will not be tolerated in the community, and anyone found to be involved will be dealt with robustly. While enquiries are at an early stage, it is believed those involved are known to each other and there was no wider risk to the public.”
Later, Dunston UTS FC and Gateshead released statements and informed that the match was abandoned.