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Leyton Orient keeper punched by fan

Orient keeper Jamie Jones comes to claim the ball.
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Russell Slade has demanded the Swindon fan who punched Leyton Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones be banned for life.

The incident, which overshadowed Orient's 3-1 win at the County Ground, occurred midway through the second half when a supporter ran on the field and threw several punches at Jones.

Thankfully, Jones escaped unhurt but Slade branded the incident as "outrageous" admitting he was astonished by what he saw.

"It was a great win but it was clouded by the fan coming on to the pitch and throwing three punches at my goalkeeper," said Slade.

"It was totally unbelievable - the worst scene I have seen since I have been a manager.

"Jamie is okay but it doesn't make it right, it is outrageous. He needs a ban for life and should never go to another football match.

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"He had a long time in the six-yard box before the stewards did anything."

Swindon chairman Jed McCrory issued a swift apology to Jones and Leyton Orient and said he will now conduct a review of safety procedures at the County Ground.

"We will be speaking to the police with reference to their report next week," McCrory told the Swindon Advertiser.

"We don't condone any actions where supporters come on to the pitch and, if found guilty, he will receive a ban.

"We apologize to Jamie Jones, the Leyton Orient board members and their supporters and will review the stewarding around the ground to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"I would also like to mention that overall the Swindon Town fans during my time at the club have been impeccable. We don't want one incident to ruin the club's supporters' reputation for being a fun and well-behaved crowd both home and away."

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