Ipswich Town are investigating an incident in which a Maidstone supporter was seen falling into a group of home fans from the top tier. Maidstone recorded a major upset by beating Championship Ipswich 2-1 to advance to the fifth round of the competition.
There were chaotic scenes in the aftermath of both strikes, scored by Lamar Reyonds and Sam Corne either side of half-time. Footage shared on social media shows several away supporters, who were positioned in the top tier of the Cobbold Stand, falling onto the roof that covers the lower tier.
Some of the individuals managed to be pulled back over the hoardings by their fellow fans. However, one person was not so lucky and was seen tumbling down the sloped roof.
The individual, wearing a grey tracksuit, fell down the roof and dropped into a group of Ipswich supporters situated in the lower tier. Audible gasps are heard in the clip, which was recorded by an Ipswich fan located in the adjacent stand.
Stewards were seen immediately moving towards the area where the fan fell. Some Ipswich supporters are seen attempting to see what had happened.
A statement provided to Express Sport by Ipswich read: “The club is aware of an incident involving a Maidstone United supporter in the Cobbold Stand at Portman Road during today’s Emirates FA Cup fourth-round fixture. The club is investigating the issue thoroughly.” Express Sport has been told that nobody was seriously hurt.
One fan on social media platform X alleged that the fan had landed on her dad. Asked if he and the surrounding supporters were okay, user @_samburroughes_ responded: “Dad’s back and neck hurt, some of the others I think are worse off!!”
On the pitch, National League South side Maidstone pulled off one of the most incredible upsets in the FA Cup’s recent history. Championship high-flyers Ipswich are 98 places and four divisions above the Kent outfit.
Reynolds gave his side a shock lead in the 43rd minute, before on-loan Ipswich midfielder Jeremy Sarmiento equalised 11 minutes into the second half. Maidstone battled back, though, and scored the winner through Corne in the 66th minute.
“Our boys have run themselves into the ground and that is what we said, ‘leave nothing in the changing room’,” Maidstone manager George Elokobi said.
“This binds us for life, what our boys are achieving right now. What our boys are achieving now has not been done over over 100 years. The magic of the FA Cup is very much alive.”