Attack after pitch invasion at England Women’s Championship match in Brighton

A man has been charged after a protest at England’s quarter-final win over Spain.

Jack Cooper, 21, a sports coach, from Leylands Road in Burgess Hill, has been charged with breaching the Football Offenses Act 1991 at a football match.

He will appear before Brighton magistrates on August 11.

The protest took place on Wednesday night at the start of the second half of England’s 2-1 win at the Women’s Euro 2022 tournament.

The game was played at Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium in Falmer.

BBC co-commentator Rachel Finnis-Brown countered: “Thankfully it’s the slowest attempt at protest I’ve seen.”

The protester slowly jogged towards the South Stand gate and appeared to be trying to tape his hands to the goalposts, but was quickly attacked by stewards.

Wearing a “Just Stop Oil” t-shirt, a group made headlines earlier this month as people rushed onto the Silverstone circuit during the British Grand Prix.

The Argus: Stewards attack the protester outside the South StandStewards attack the protester in front of the South Stand

Albion’s chief executive, Paul Barber, told The Argus: “The stewards dealt with him absolutely brilliantly. They treated it according to the plan, which was to intervene as soon as possible.

“The game was interrupted for a maximum of 30 seconds. The referee waited until he came off the field and then restarted the game with a minimum of fuss.

“I thought the referee was excellent, not only from a footballing point of view, but also from a managerial point of view.”

The protest group also made headlines earlier this year when a man ran onto the pitch at Everton’s Goodison Park in Liverpool and tied himself to a goal post with cables.

The Lionesses will face either Sweden or Belgium in the semi-finals at Bramall Lane in Sheffield next Tuesday 26 July.

The final will take place at Wembley on Sunday 31 July. Attack after pitch invasion at England Women’s Championship match in Brighton

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