Football fans arrests update

Been kicking off a lot recently. We look at the arrests from around the grounds in the last month

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fans re-arrange the furniture in Manchester before the City v Sevilla game

Hearts v Kilmarnock
Saturday 3 Oct 2015

Police in Scotland have charged 15 football supporters after a fight broke out outside Tynecastle stadium. The males, who are aged between 14 and 28, are thought to have been part of a large fight that involved more than 20 rival supporters. The brawl happened near kick-off at about 3pm McLeod Street, near the home of Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh. Additional officers attended the scene and assisted in breaking up the disturbance, resulting in the arrest of a 21-year-old man from Kilmarnock.

A number of other people involved fled the area, however following an extensive police investigation conducted by divisional officers and the Football Coordination Unit (FoCUS), which is a specialist police resource designed to tackle violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour associated with football, a further 14 males have now been arrested and charged with various offences.

All are expected to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court on February 17 2016. None of the accused are allowed to attend any regulated football match in the UK pending the outcome of their cases.

Peterborough v Millwall
Saturday 3 Oct 2015

Football fans have been arrested following a violent incident in Oundle Road. The incident, which involved up to 30 people and saw bottles thrown, happened at about 4.10pm – while the Peterborough United v Millwall match was taking place at the ABAX stadium in near-by London Road. Two people were hurt in the violence, although their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Although the match was still taking place when the violent incident occurred, a Cambridgeshire police spokesman said it was believed to be football related. Cambridgeshire police said seven people had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and have been bailed until November. The arrested people include one from Peterborough, five from London and one from Havering, London.

Arbroath v Montrose
Saturday 17 Oct 2015

A warning has been issued to Angus football fans after a derby match descended into violence and disorder with flares being thrown and fighting in the streets. Arbroath and Montrose football clubs have issued the warning jointly with Police Scotland after the violent scenes in and around Gayfield Park, Arbroath, on Saturday 17 October.

Police confirmed there were at least five instances of pyrotechnics being used and five arrests in total. Fans have been told they will be arrested and banned from attending all future football games if they are found with flares. “After the game, officers had to be deployed to deal with significant clashes between opposing fans in the centre of Arbroath. Three youths were arrested for their part in the disorder”.

Manchester City v Sevilla
Weds 21 Oct 2015

Four men were arrested after a fight involving football fans resulted in one man being injured. Chairs were thrown outside Sinclair’s Oyster Bar in Exchange Square in Manchester city centre. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said Polish football fans were held on suspicion of violent disorder. The trouble flared before Manchester City’s Champions League group match against Spanish side Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium, which kicked off at 7.45pm

It is so far unclear what sparked the violence and which set of supporters were involved, although there has been a suggestion in the Spanish media that fans of Polish club Slask Vroclaw incited the trouble – there was trouble when Slask and Sevilla met in the Europa League in 2013. An employee of the Old Wellington pub in Shambles Square told The Independent: “Seville fans were here this afternoon and they did not do anything. Random people all masked up turned up and smashed the place up. “It wasn’t Seville fans, it was somebody who had a problem with them.”

QPR v MK Dons
Saturday 24 Oct 2015

Seven football fans were arrested after a fight broke out in the away end as MK Dons travelled to QPR. As the Dons slumped to a 3-0 loss against QPR, a fight appeared to break out in the away end among fellow fans.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed seven people were arrested and they are now investigating the matter. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers from Hammersmith and Fulham are investigating following a disturbance during the QPR versus MK Dons football match at Loftus Road. At approximately 16.30, a disturbance broke out and seven people were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences”.

MK Dons have confirmed the police arrested six people for affray after a scuffle broke out in the away end at Loftus Road against QPR last weekend. They will not be able to attend any Dons games, home or away, until the next stage of the investigation at the earliest.

The individuals have been bailed by police until various dates in November and December and could face a permanent banning order from the club.

Sunderland v Newcastle
Sunday 25 Oct 2015

Ten people were arrested according to Northumbria Police at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland won 3-0, their sixth victory in succession over their biggest rivals. The arrests were for offences of affray, possession of alcohol, drugs or fireworks or flares or being drunk or throwing missiles at sports ground and going onto the pitch during the match.

Police had also sent a warning to anyone causing bother inside the ground about Sunderland’s new state-of-the-art CCTV technology that earlier this week led to three Newcastle fans being given football banning orders for trouble during the last Stadium of Light clash.

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Forest v Derby flares up

Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
Saturday 31 Oct 2015

Five men were arrested after a fight between two groups of football fans on a Sheffield Station platform. British Transport Police have launched an appeal after the fight on Saturday, October 31 at 6.40pm on platform 8. BTP said the fight involved Nottingham Forest supporters and ‘supporters of another club’. Forest lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in a match at Hillsborough that day.

DC Lee Parsons said: “The fight broke out on the stairs to platform 8 between Nottingham Forest fans and supporters of a rival club. Punches were exchanged between the groups”.

Nottingham Forest v Derby
Friday 6 Nov 2015

Nottinghamshire police confirmed seven people were arrested at the match and during the subsequent disorder in the East Stand car park, which leads to Lady Bay Bridge, afterwards.

Five men have been charged after crowd trouble at the East Midlands derby. Three of them went on to the pitch at the City Ground as smoke bombs were let off after their 1-0 win against Derby County. All five, aged between 21 and 59 and from Nottingham, Mansfield or Derbyshire, have been charged with offences including invading the pitch and being drunk and disorderly. Two other men who were arrested have been released without charge.

A separate investigation is being carried out by Nottingham Forest after a fan appeared to approach Rams player Bradley Johnson, who appeared to push him away, during the pitch invasion.

Sheffield United v Worcester City
Saturday 7 Nov 2015

TWO Worcester City fans have been charged with being drunk and disorderly following trouble at the FA Cup game against Sheffield United. The two were arrested at 2.15pm as they got off the coach in Sheffield. Neither of them made it into the ground. Both denied the charges and intended to plead not guilty.

Three others were arrested for a number of offences including public order offences and possession of class A drugs. They were bailed pending further enquiries. The arrests happened after “disturbances” inside the stadium prompted United to shut the food and drink kiosks catering for away fans for “safety reasons”.

Worcester’s fans could purchase food and drink, including alcohol, from them before kick-off but they were not reopened at the half-time interval. Around 2,000 City fans flocked to Bramall Lane for the first-round tie, which the Blue and Whites lost 3-0.
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The two men will appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Tuesday, December 15.

Huddersfield v Leeds
Saturday 7 Nov 2015

Football fans smashed up a town centre taxi office after violence flared in the wake of Huddersfield Town’s derby defeat to arch rivals Leeds United. Two people – both Town fans – were arrested for public order offences and both have been charged and bailed.

Town fans were said to have surrounded the offices of GT Taxis in Lord Street as a group of Leeds supporters sat inside waiting for a minibus taxi. A crowd of up to 30 Town supporters gathered outside baiting the Leeds fans inside. The gang outside hurled a wooden stool at the offices, smashing windows. Glasses were also thrown at the building, covering the pavement and floor with shards.

Arsenal v Tottenham
Sunday 8 Nov 2015

Eight people were arrested following incidents at the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil was reportedly hit with a missile from the crowd and toilets at the stadium were damaged.

That followed on from a Capital One Cup fixture between the pair last month that saw Arsenal supporters pulling advertising hoardings off the stands at White Hart Lane. A Metropolitan Police statement read: “A total of eight arrests were made at the Arsenal versus Tottenham Hotspur game on Sunday, 8 November at the Emirates Stadium.

“The arrests were for public order offences, missile throwing, possession of drugs and assault. Six of those arrested have been charged.”

 

 

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