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Ex-Fleet stars caught in fan riot

PUBLISHED: 18:17 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:41 23 August 2010

TWO former Ebbsfleet United players were forced to take cover after rival fans pelted them with missiles after a play-off win. York City s Michael Gash and Neil Barrett both shielded themselves from the onslaught after their 1-0 Blue Square Premier play-

TWO former Ebbsfleet United players were forced to take cover after rival fans pelted them with missiles after a play-off win.

York City's Michael Gash and Neil Barrett both shielded themselves from the onslaught after their 1-0 Blue Square Premier play-off semi-final victory against Luton Town on Sunday.

It is thought about 500 thugs stormed Luton's Kenilworth Road pitch at the end of the game, with players hit by bottles and coins.

Seven police officers were injured and the FA has launched an investigation into the violence.

An FA spokesperson said: "The FA does not condone disorder either outside or inside football stadia and thankfully such problems remain infrequent in the modern game. However, any individuals identified as having taken part in any form of disorder should be dealt with appropriately by the authorities and issued with football banning orders as they simply have no place in our game."

York City will face Oxford United in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, May 16.

Ebbsfleet United were relegated from the same division, despite winning 4-3 against Tamworth a week earlier.

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