Stevenage player assaulted after shock win

LONDON - Stevenage's shock 3-1 FA Cup third round home victory over top-flight Newcastle United on Saturday ended with one of the League Two side's players being assaulted by a supporter.

The Football Association are expected to investigate the incident in which Stevenage defender Scott Laird was knocked to the ground by a fan amid post-match celebrations on the pitch.

"Scott Laird was stood celebrating with the fans and a fan just came over and smashed him from the side," Stevenage manager Graham Westley told the BBC.

"He went to the ground and it is a shame for the afternoon to end in that way. He is a bit bewildered. He (the fan) gave him a right-hander, just smashed him across the cheek and knocked him to the ground."

An FA spokesman added: "It's something that should be flagged up in our meeting on Monday".