A REFEREE was chased off the pitch by a pitch invader during Port Vale vs Portsmouth.
A fan charged onto the pitch in added time of the second half of the League One clash.
Referee Craig Hicks was forced to run away from the pitch invader who appeared to be charging directly at him.
Hicks was protected by members of staff from the sidelines after the pitch invader was stopped.
Port Vale boss Andy Crosby and coach David Dunn were forced to restrain the rogue fan as he darted for Hicks.
The incident occurred just moments after Portsmouth had bagged a controversial penalty in the 88th minute to win the game 1-0.
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Colby Bishop despatched the spot kick which seems to have led to the unbelievable moment.
Fans watching on couldn’t believe what they were witnessing with many taking to social media.
One wrote: “Imagine trying to attack the referee for making the correct decision.”
While another added: “It all went a bit Benny Hill for a minute there.”
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A third joked: “To be fair he ran more then any of the Port Vale players today.”
And a fourth chimed in writing: “Disgraceful that this has been able to happen and that whoever they are felt that it was acceptable.
“A line seriously crossed there, pun intended. But seriously, gone too far is an understatement!”
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