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Players attacked during pitch invasion in England

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KIDDERMINSTER, England (AP)

Pitch-invading football fans attacked players and caused a half-hour delay during a fifth-tier match on Saturday in the latest bout of crowd trouble to blight the English game.

Visiting Stockport supporters raced onto the field after Kidderminster went 1-0 ahead in the 51st minute, confronting players from both teams. The referee decided to take the players off for safety reasons.

A post on Kidderminster's Twitter feed says ''punches thrown at Kiddy players.''

The non-league game restarted and Kidderminster won 4-0 to relegate Stockport to the sixth tier.

Crowd trouble marred the FA Cup semifinal between Millwall and Wigan at Wembley Stadium last weekend, when Newcastle fans also clashed with police after a northeast derby loss to Sunderland.

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