Fan falls from Leppings Lane

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have launched an investigation after a Bolton Wanderers supporter fell from one of the stands at Hillsborough while celebrating his team’s winning goal.

Almost 27,000 fans looked on in horror as the man fell from the West Stand upper tier at the notorious Leppings Lane end of the ground where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in 1989.

The Bolton fan’s fall occurred when Mark Davies crashed home their winner in the 65th minute of Saturday’s game.

The celebrating fan was seen to charge to the front of the stand where he stumbled.

His momentum then took him over the wall and he fell around 12 feet into the unoccupied lower tier of the stand.

Initially the fan, who appeared to be aged in his 30s, lay motionless.

Police, stewards and paramedics ran to the scene to give assistance.

Fortunately he fell onto plastic seating which broke his fall before he hit the terracing.

After a minute or two, the shocked supporter got to his feet and waved to the crowd indicating he was OK.

He was then led away by paramedics for further checks which revealed he had nothing more than slight injuries to his hand.

Shortly afterwards he reappeared in the upper tier.

He later apologised to stewards and safety officers for his over-exuberant celebrations.

A spokesman for Sheffield Wednesday said: “He was a very lucky lad to escape with nothing more serious than a bruised hand.”

The incident is being investigated.