Photographer knocked out during scuffle at Ilkeston game

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A football photographer was knocked unconscious when he got caught up in a scuffle between players.

Craig Lamont, photographer for Ilkeston FC, was covering the team’s game against Hyde United on Saturday. When the final whistle blew a small group of players were seen to ‘push and shove’ each other.

Craig, who intervened, did not wish to speak about the incident other than to say he ‘got too close to the action.’

In a statement Ilkeston FC said: “With regards to the incident after Saturday’s home game against Hyde United, Ilkeston FC are looking into the incident and will deal with the people involved in the necessary manner.

“The club would like to wish our photographer Craig Lamont a speedy recovery. Craig was knocked unconscious for several minutes and was treated at the ground by St Johns Ambulance and the physio of both teams, he was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre and discharged after check ups by doctors.

“Ilkeston FC would also like to send our best wishes to the Hyde United fan allegedly involved in an incident after the final whistle.”

Derbyshire Police said they were called to the scene. A spokesman said: “At the end of the match a photographer ended up on the pitch. He had been taking pictures and there was some sort of verbal argument between players. The photographer stepped towards them to intervene and ended up on the floor. We don’t know if he was pushed or hit but ended up on the floor.”

The spokesman added that the incident had been referred to the Football Association to see if they wished to take any action.

No arrests were made.

Fan Paul Parker witnessed the incident and called it a ‘disgrace’.

A spokesman for the FA confirmed it was aware of an incident and were looking into it.