PITCH INVASIONS are often jubilant affairs and a chance for fans to celebrate, but sometimes they end up nasty.
Patrick Vieira being goaded into attacking an Everton fan was just the latest example after a week in which multiple players were attacked by fans.
At the end of the business season, the mood among the fans is high, with the playoffs being a special trigger for some.
In fact, there has been a pitch invasion in every play-off game across the EFL this week – and all have been soured by the behavior of fans.
Sometimes it’s not just fans who misbehave – with villains and even club owners acting wildly on occasion.
But there have been examples of healthier pitch invasions before, like when fans tried to reach out to their idols, or when two pensioners held hands on the pitch after Leyton Orient’s 2014 play-off semi-final triumph over Peterborough.
Here, SunSport takes a look at the ten wildest pitch invasions
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United, 2022
Celebrations as Nottingham Forest progressed to the Championship play-off final on Tuesday were quickly overshadowed by the behavior of a minority.
A 30-year-old supporter attacked and headbutted Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp as he stood innocently on the toucline.
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Sharp required stitches and the perpetrator has since been sentenced to a fine and 24 weeks in prison and a 10-year ban from playing.
Some Forest fans have also teased Oli McBurnie and the forward is now under investigation over an alleged stamp on a fan.
Birmingham vs Aston Villa, 2019
The Midlands derby is often a tense affair, but one fan got too carried away when the teams last met at St Andrews.
Blues fan Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch in the tenth minute and hit Jack Gralish from behind, knocking the then-Villa captain to the ground.
The England star recovered and scored the winner while Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks and also received a 10-year stadium ban.
Nottingham Forest v Leicester, 2022
Unfortunately, Sharp’s attack isn’t the only incident of a fan attacking a player at the City Ground this season.
In an FA Cup fourth round match in February, a Leicester fan stormed onto the field and began beating Forest trio Keinan Davis, Brennan Johnson and Ryan Yates.
Luckily no one was hurt and the fan was quickly overpowered and taken away before being charged with assault.
Newcastle vs Sunderland, 1990
Not long after stadium fences were removed across the country, Newcastle fans flocked to the pitch to call off a derby match.
Sunderland traveled to St James’ Park for the second leg of the Division Two play-off semi-final, with the points total being tied.
The Black Cats took the lead before adding a second in the 86th minute, causing chaos.
Toon fans stormed the field in a desperate attempt to reverse the result, but the game was called off after being suspended for 20 minutes with Sunderland winning.
Tottenham vs Liverpool, 2019
Kinsey Wolanski wrote her name into Champions League folklore by rambling in the final between Tottenham and Liverpool.
The American influencer later revealed the stunt was aimed at promoting her then-boyfriend’s adult porn website and her actions landed her in jail for five hours.
Wolanski was quickly treated but not before Spurs midfielder Harry Winks took quite a bit of notice – she also gained two million Instagram followers in the process.
Nottingham Forest v QPR, 1989
Brian Clough was a character adored by Forest fans, but he wasn’t afraid to punish a select few when they crossed the white line in 1989.
After Forest’s League Cup quarter-finals win over QPR, fans rushed onto the pitch, but some soon found themselves on the receiving end of some Cloughy Haymakers.
As fans returned to the stands, Clough made no fewer than four right-hand stops – video of the legendary manager reappearing on social media following modern-day pitch invasions.
Hamburg vs Bayern Munich, 2014
Hamburg have been fined £42,000 after a pitch invasion that saw Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery hit with a scarf.
The fan in question also gestured obscenely at the Frenchman, and Hamburg apologized after the game.
PAOK vs AEK Athens, 2018
PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis stormed onto the pitch at the end of a game against AEK Athens, angry that his side had scored in the last minute.
As if that wasn’t bizarre enough, the Greek wore a RIFLE on his waistband as he joined his fans in the on-pitch protest.
The game was eventually abandoned after a two-hour delay and PAOK were fined and three points deducted – Savvidis was also banned from football for three years.
Training session Brazil, 2016
Shortly after their Olympic success in Rio, a handful of fans stormed onto the field at the end of an open training session in Brazil.
One fan managed to hug a smiling Gabriel Jesus and while some were tackled by security, others brilliantly dodged the stewards.
Their hard work paid off when they reached Neymar and their excitement was such that they pinned the star to the ground to his great amusement.
Oldham vs Salford, 2022
With Oldham looking destined to exit the EFL for the first time in their history, fans decided to take matters into their own hands in April.
The first fans took to the pitch against Barrow to protest the owners, who were 3-0 down, but their numbers were too few to make a difference.
A few weeks later, with Salford leading 2-1 and relegation on the verge of being confirmed, Latics supporters crowded onto the pitch, prompting the game to be suspended.
They thought they had achieved their goal of abandonment as well, only to have the rest of the game played behind closed doors, confirming Oldham’s relegation to the National League.
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