Lincoln City fans shut down Tube station with flares as they stage 'Impvasion' of Covent Garden

London Underground’s Covent Garden station has been temporarily closed due to safety fears after flares were thrown in the vicinity of the tube entrance.

Metropoliton Police’s Football Unit said “smoke from flares” was entering the station, forcing its closure.

Hundreds of visiting Lincon City supporters have gathered in the Covent Garden area, a site popular with tourists, ahead of their side’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal later this afternoon.

Footage online shows the fans drinking and singing close to the Covent Garden tube entrance in what has been dubbed an “Impvasion” on social media.

Lincoln take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at 5.30pm as they bid to progress to semi-finals of the FA Cup after becoming the first non-league side since 1914 to reach the last eight of the competition.

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