Widnes Vikings publish 'mindless' Challenge Cup fans images
- 14 August 2014
- From the section England
Images and footage of a "mindless minority" of Widnes fans who ran on to the pitch at a Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final have been published.
The spectators invaded the pitch at Leigh Sports Village after the game on Sunday, which saw the Vikings lose to Castleford Tigers.
The club said it was highlighting the photos and videos to help identify the "shameful supporters".
The Rugby Football League has said it will be investigating the invasion.
About 70 images of fans have been put online, along with six videos, one of which shows a fan throwing a part of a sign which read "It is a criminal offence to go on to the pitch" towards stewards.
Vikings CEO James Rule said the club was working to investigate "the disgraceful scenes perpetrated by a minority of people who attached themselves to our club".
He said following an earlier appeal to identify those involved, "the response from our true supporters has been overwhelming".
"We have been inundated with hundreds of emails, all providing invaluable information for the investigation team."
The club has asked anyone with information about any of those who went on the pitch to get in touch.
Mr Rule said "in addition to pursuing banning orders, we are also exploring with the police where it's possible for criminal prosecutions to be brought against individuals".
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the force would consider any evidence presented by the club.
Mr Rule said the days since the pitch invasion had been "exceptionally difficult" and that it was "very hard to see the club's reputation being torn to pieces by a mindless minority".
"It would be very easy to become disillusioned by such actions," he added.
"However, I believe we should use this shameful episode to galvanise the true supporters and motivate us all to continue to strive to grow our great club."