FOOTBALL suffered more race shame when a Hartlepool player attempted to jump into the crowd to tackle his own fans after they abused rival Dover players.
The National League match at Victoria Park was held up for eight minutes as players from both sides tried to confront the supporters.
And the match was further marred by another Hartlepool fan jumping onto the pitch and trying to get to the match official after becoming angry at some decisions.
The ugly scenes broke out when Dover players celebrated in front of the home fans after Inih Effiong had converted a penalty to open the scoring.
Suddenly the players reacted to something shouted from the crowd, leading to aces from both sides squaring up and Gus Mafuta tried to clamber into the terracing to tackle on punter.
It took eight minutes for the situation to calm down enough for play to resume, and an announcement was made at half-time condemning racism.
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The bad-tempered match got worse still after the break, with Hartlepool having two players and manager Craig Hignett sent off.
And one irate Pool fan lost control completely, jumping over the hoardings and making for official Joseph Johnson.
Dover eventually won the game 2-0, but the FA are sure to take a dim view of what happened in both halves.
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