Masked men driving hearse force game to be abandoned

A ball on a muddy football pitch
Friday’s game was called off with the score at 1-1

A pre-season friendly between Dunston and Gateshead was abandoned at half-time after men wearing masks drove a hearse on to the pitch.

Leaflets making allegations against two men were thrown out of the window during the incident.

Gateshead tweeted: “Due to an incident on the pitch occurring shortly after half-time, tonight’s match has been abandoned by the referee.”

The hearse was left on the pitch as the individuals exited via a second car.

Gateshead-based Dunston UTS play in the Northern Premier League – East Division, the eighth tier of English football, and were featuring in their fourth pre-season fixture of the summer against National League outfit Gateshead.

Police attended the scene with support from a helicopter.

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