Your Pitch Storming Of The Day In England


((HT: SteveJonesPA on Twitter/The Independent))

For this story, we're going to League Two (think: Single-A baseball equivalent) over in Britain where Leyton Orient are being relegated to football out of the top four leagues for the first time in their 112-year history.

Their fate was sealed last week with a loss and the fans had their last home match of the season where they protested their owner on the way to the stadium and stormed the pitch to protest how the team is being handled... or, to be more honest, not handled...

Their owner, Francesco Becchetti, has had nine different managers since his ownership started in 2014. This season, however, might be just considered both weird and counter-productive from a front-office approach. In January, the front office hit out at fans and ex-players for protesting.

Becchetti is also being chased by the HMRC (the British version of the Internal Revenue Service) and only recently paid club wages for the month of March. The BBC reports, however, that some freelancers have yet to be paid in all of this. He has been given an order to sell the club by June 12 after apparently settling a 250,000-pound winding-up notice while still having four other creditors knocking on his door. Those are his choices at present. Settle or sell...

It all came pouring out in the 85th minute of the Orient match with Colchester United Saturday afternoon. The fans stormed the pitch for a sit-down strike and wouldn't leave...

Fans left their season ticket, symbolically, in the center circle and, believe it or not the game finished in front of friends and family. Here's what it looked like two hours after it was supposed to finish...

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