- Reading fans invaded the pitch in the 16th minute of the League One match
- The protest referenced the 16 points the Royals have had deducted under Dai
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Reading’s League One match against Port Vale has been suspended after supporters stage a mass pitch invasion to protest against the club’s owner Dai Yongge.
The pitch invasion took place in the 16th minute of the match with the score goalless – with the time highlighting the 16 points the Royals have been deducted under Dai’s ownership.
Footage from the stands showing hundreds of fans running onto the pitch having earlier thrown tennis balls onto the pitch.
Reading urged supporters to leave the field, but acknowledged their supporters frustrations.
‘We are fully aware of and understand our supporters’ frustrations, but we must reiterate to our supporters that entering or throwing items onto the pitch can put the fixture at risk of abandonment and can result in personal consequences including banning orders,’ a statement read.
‘Thank you for your support today.’
In a subsequent update the club said there was a ‘last chance’ to get the match played.
‘Both sets of team staff and players wish to get today’s game played to a conclusion,’ a statement read.
‘This is the last chance to get the game restarted. The club can face serious sanctions if the pitch is not cleared.”
Reading also made two announcements over the PA system, stating that once that fans return to the stands the match can resume.
The Sell Before We Dai fan group, which is aimed at pushing owner Dai to leave the club, insisted the action was ‘just the start’.
‘We shouldn’t be doing this. We should be enjoying the game with friends and family,’ the group tweeted.
‘This is just the start Dai. We are coming for you. So do yourself a favour and sell.’
The group also thanked Port Vale supporters for their backing of protest action on the pitch.
Footage showed the visiting fans applauding the Reading supporters on the pitch.
Port Vale supporters were also heard chanting ‘Get out of their club’.
Reading are currently 21st in League One after being hit with a four-point deduction in August.
The EFL deducted the points from the Royals due to the club failing to comply with an order to deposit an amount equal to 125 per cent of their forecasted monthly wage bill in a designated account by September 12.
In total the club have been deducted 16 points from the Berkshire-based club in the last two years amid their ownership issues, leading to their relegation from the Championship last season.