Pitch invasions and arrests at Reading v Bradford FA Cup quarter final

reading - bradford 16mar15Six football supporters have been arrested following a celebratory pitch invasion after Reading’s FA Cup quarter-final win at Madejski Stadium against Bradford City.

Two were arrested on the night – a Reading fan for going onto the playing area at a football match and a Bradford fan for being drunk and disorderly. Both men have been bailed to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on April 11.

Meanwhile a  20-year-old man from Wokingham has been arrested on suspicion of going onto playing area at a football match (Football Offences Act 1991) at around 9pm. He is currently in custody.

Three Bradford men were also arrested. A 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in a public place at around 7.20pm. He also remains in custody.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firework while trying to enter a designated sports ground at around 7.30pm and given a caution.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug of Class A. He was bailed until Tuesday, April 16.

Superintendent Jim Weems who led the policing operation said: “Thames Valley Police made a small number of arrests at last night’s football match at the Madejski Stadium in Reading and will investigate all reports of offences thoroughly.

“Overall it was a successful policing operation in partnership with Reading Football Club, with minimal disorder. The vast majority of fans watched the game in a positive and pleasant atmosphere.”

Monday night’s game against Bradford FC has made the headlines for reasons other than the Royals impressive 3-0 win.

The club itself is appealing for help in identifying the person who threw a smoke flare into the Bradford fans during a pitch invasion immediately following the final whistle.

The pitch invasion, which is now being looked at by the Football Association, was one of three incidents.

A Bradford City fan was arrested at half-time for aiming alleged racist abuse at Royals winger Garath McCleary .

The Bantams have issued their own statement following the arrest, saying the club does not condone racism or any other form of discriminatory behaviour.

And during the second half a topless Reading fan made his way on to the pitch and performed a series of somersaults in front of the away support.

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Original: http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/four-more-football-supporters-arrested-8862886

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