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Oldham announce bans intended for pitch invaders

Oldham Athletic intend to issue club bans to supporters who invaded the pitch for almost an hour on Saturday as they suffered relegation from the Football League in defeat to Salford.

The match, which finished in a 2-1 loss for Oldham, was suspended in the 79th minute when protesting Latics fans stormed on to the pitch.

Both sets of players were escorted off the field by referee Bobby Madley with stadium announcements initially saying the match had been abandoned, though it later restarted at 6.28pm behind closed doors.

A club statement on Tuesday said: "Oldham Athletic is carrying out an investigation on the pitch invasion that occurred in the last home fixture against Salford City.

"The club will again liaise with Greater Manchester Police and efforts are being made to identify those who encroached onto the pitch which is a serious criminal offence.

"Several persons have already been identified and it is almost certain when appropriate club bans will be issued."

Oldham, who had issues with pitch invasions earlier in the season, are expected to face severe punishment from the Football Association and the EFL.

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