Video: Arrest made after attack on Leyton Orient keeper Jones

A Swindon Town fan is tackled by a steward after invading the pitch. PA

A Swindon Town fan is tackled by a steward after invading the pitch. PA - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

A 26-year-old man has been arrested following the attack on Leyton Orient goalkeeper Jamie Jones.

A fan rushed onto the pitch during the 3-1 win at Swindon Town and tried to hit Jones before being stopped by stewards.

Wiltshire Police confirmed the individual has been arrested on suspicion of pitch invasion over the incident, and is being held at Gablecross Police Station in Swindon.

Check out the above video of the incident Orient boss Russell Slade described as “one of the worst things” he’s seen in football, which the FA has said it will investigate.

A spokesman said: “We deplore scenes of this kind and would call for the authorities to take the appropriate actions if allegations of assault are proven.

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“We will be speaking to both clubs involved to determine the facts surrounding the incident.”

Swindon chairman Jed McCrory has apologised to the League One leaders and Jones, saying the fan will receive a ban if he’s found guilty.

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He told the Swindon Advertiser: ““We will be speaking to the police with reference to their report next week. We don’t condone any actions where supporters come onto the pitch.

“We apologise to Jamie Jones, the Leyton Orient board members and their supporters and will review the stewarding around the ground to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“I would also like to mention that overall the Swindon Town fans during my time at the club have been impeccable. We don’t want one incident to ruin the club’s supporters’ reputation for being a fun and well-behaved crowd both home and away.”

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