Imps staff ‘assaulted’ in Exeter match violence

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Exeter City will investigate alleged violence which tarnished Thursday night’s play-off match, where members of Lincoln City’s backroom staff were “assaulted” by opposition supporters.

As previously reported, Lincoln’s chances of a Wembley return were ended by a 3-1 aggregate defeat at Exeter in the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final.

After the match, a number of fans invaded the pitch at St James Park and allegedly Lincoln’s assistant manager Nicky Cowley and kitman Dick Tacey were hurt in the aftermath.

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley told The Daily Mail: “There was three or four who just charged at Rheady (Matt Rhead).

“I was just trying to get the players off. I could see where it was going to go.

“[Dick’s] got a big lump on the back of his head…he’s 78.

“We’re a very together group and he’s a big part of our group and he’s been left in tears and we’re pretty upset about it to be honest with you.”

Exeter City said they “cannot condone the alleged conduct” and “will take appropriate action” where necessary.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Exeter City will fully investigate the alleged incidents which marred the celebrations of our 3-1 win against Lincoln City in the play-off semi-final on Thursday evening.

“Exeter City, as a fan-owned community club, cannot condone the alleged conduct at the final whistle and will take appropriate action where necessary.”

A police spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police added: “At this time the police have received no official complaint into any alleged matters following a pitch invasion at the full-time whistle.

“This currently is a matter that is being looked into between the two teams. Police will liaise with the club if there are further matters that need investigating.”