Linesman sprints off before final whistle to avoid Huddersfield pitch invasion

A linesman made an early dart before the final whistle had been blown to avoid Huddersfield Town's pitch invasion after their win over Luton.

The Terries beat the Hatters 1-0 on Monday (May 16) to progress to the Championship play-off final as 2-1 winners on aggregate. The home crowd stormed the pitch afterwards, but only after the referee had given his colleague some time to head for the tunnel first.

Luton carried on with a throw-in despite the linesman being almost half way across the pitch. At that point the referee did then confirm full-time, sparking jubilant scenes at The John Smith's Stadium.

As the home crowd flooded down from the stands, one supporter appeared to hit Luton defender James Bree on the head. The incident infuriated manager Nathan Jones.

"Their fans were an absolute disgrace. I don’t know why the stewards turned up," he said in his post-match interview.

"Some idiots didn’t paint Huddersfield as a good club. You’ve won, go and celebrate with your players. Instead, they were more concerned with making obscene gestures at us.

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"They abused me. Some were okay and congratulated us, but some have not painted Huddersfield Town in a good light after that. To be fair, a lot of them might not be true Huddersfield fans, as they were more concerned with taunting and abusing our fans."

Huddersfield will now travel to Wembley on Sunday, May 29 for a shot at a Premier League return after being relegated in 2019. They will learn their opponent later today, with Nottingham Forest leading Sheffield United 2-1 heading into their second leg.

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