Linesman knocked to floor as Sheffield Wednesday defeat Peterborough in League One play-offs

Linesman knocked to floor as Sheffield Wednesday defeat Peterborough in League One play-offs

Sheffield Wednesday pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of football against Peterborough United in their League One play-off second leg clash on Thursday.

The Owls had trailed 4-0 from the first leg encounter earlier in the month, with the victory very much going against the league standings from the two clubs, with the latter finishing 19 points behind the former in the regular season.

But Darren Moore’s side defied all odds to win the second leg 5-1 after extra time, before going on to win 5-3 on penalties after the tie had finished 5-5 on aggregate.

Linesman knocked over in Sheffield Wednesday win

Unsurprisingly, the victory sparked jubilant scenes at Hillsborough Stadium, with the home fans and indeed the away supporters not quite believing their eyes.

However, in the midst of the chaos in the stands and on the pitch, one of the linesmen was knocked to the floor as fans stormed towards the players in celebration.

Fortunately one fan took the time to help him get back to his feet and usher him to safety, but it proves just how dangerous such a scenario can be.

Clearly the majority of the fans were focusing on getting onto the pitch as soon as possible to celebrate with their heroes, but the situation is a reminder that the safety of officials is often disregarded.

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Bad treatment of officials highlighted in Sheffield Wednesday clash

The poor treatment of various referees and linesmen in the Premier League for example has become a common feature of the current campaign, with many managers finally now facing the consequences of their actions.

Hopefully the linesman involved in the incident in the Sheffield Wednesday game has recovered and will not be too put off officiating games in the future.

The Owls meanwhile, who were the first team in EFL history to win 96 points and not achieve automatic promotion, will now face the winner of Bolton versus Barnsley in the play-off final at Wembley on 29 May.

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