A Crystal Palace fan has been arrested after invading the pitch to confront Damien Delaney at half-time during Sunderland’s 4 -0 victory at Selhurst Park
Lamine Kone had given the away side an early lead before three quick-fire goals led to chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” from irate Palace supporters.
The man appeared to grab the Palace defender’s shirt before being led away by security, while the player was substituted at the break, though Palace boss Sam Allardyce said it was not because of the altercation.
Delaney did not re-emerge from the dressing room after half time with Andros Townsend taking his place.
The Metropolitan Police released a statement confirming the arrest: “A 23-year-old man was arrested at half-time in the Crystal Palace v Sunderland game, after running on the pitch. He was arrested under the Football (Offences) Act 1991. The man remains in custody at a south London police station.”
Crystal Palace found themselves four goals down by the half-tie whistle, prompting an outpouring of boos and criticism by the home supporters, and the scoreline stayed the same by the end of the match, leaving them 19th in the Premier League table