Man charged with assaulting Chesterfield FC captain Ian Evatt

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A man has been charged with assaulting Chesterfield FC captain Ian Evatt in Preston yesterday.

The player claimed he had been kicked, punched and spat at by Preston North End fans during a pitch invasion at Deepdale after PNE’s 4-0 aggregate play-off semi-final victory over the Spireites.

Lancashire police tonight confirmed that Matthew Edwards, 20, of Southern Avenue, Preston, has been charged with section 39 assault (battery) and is due to appear at Preston magistrates’ court on Thursday, May 28.

Officers say they are continuing to try and identify anyone involved in the alleged assault which followed an otherwise largely peaceful incursion on to the pitch at the end of the game.

They have thanked those who have provided information so far and appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police on 101 quoting log number 0835 of May 10.