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Chesterfield captain accuses rival fans of 'punching and kicking' him during pitch invasion

The club have confirmed Ian Evatt has given a statement to police.

SUNDAY’S LEAGUE ONE play-off between Preston North End and Chesterfield threatens to be overshadowed by an alleged assault on Ian Evatt by rival fans after the final whistle.

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Play Off - Second Leg - Preston North End v Chesterfield - Deepdale Source: Richard Sellers

The Chesterfield captain claims he was ‘punched and spat on several times’ by home supporters as they spilled onto the pitch following their team’s 3-0 win.

The 33-year-old used to play for Preston’s Lancashire rivals Blackpool and Chesterfield have since confirmed their captain has given a statement to police.

There was a capacity crowd of 15,000 inside the ground, many of whom swarmed the players at the full-time whistle.

While Preston – who won 4-0 on aggregate to book a place at Wembley – have yet to comment on the alleged incident, Chesterfield assistant manager Leam Richardson revealed Evatt was unhurt.

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“Ian’s fine. He did not react, categorically not,” Richardson said afterwards. “He never reacted. He was surrounded by a few thousand but he’s conducted himself very well.”

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Play Off - Second Leg - Preston North End v Chesterfield - Deepdale Source: Richard Sellers

“The rivalry, you can’t underestimate that, but to lay hands on people as supporters and men is a disgrace.”

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