Fan arrested at Rochdale v Oldham match after running at referee

Joe Rafferty
Joe Rafferty's penalty was saved by Johny Placide

A fan has been arrested after running on to the pitch to remonstrate with the referee in Rochdale's goalless League One draw against neighbours Oldham.

The supporter charged towards official Peter Bankes after a first-half penalty was awarded to hosts Rochdale.

He slipped and was restrained by Oldham defender Anthony Gerrard and stewards.

A 27-year-old man has been charged with pitch encroachment, possession of class A drugs and using threatening words or behaviour.

Oldham have also confirmed that the man has been given a two-year banning order from the club.

"The supporter has admitted his shame and apologised to the club, however we condemn his actions in the strongest possible terms and have made this swift decision," said a club statement.

A Rochdale statement added: "Rochdale Football Club would like to thank Oldham for acting swiftly and for working closely with us on this matter."

Following a delay, visiting goalkeeper Johny Placide saved Joe Rafferty's penalty which was awarded after Gerrard, cousin of ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, brought down Joe Thompson in the box.

The draw leaves Rochdale 21st in the table one point from safety, with Oldham just above them, one place outside the relegation zone in 20th with four games remaining.

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