Villa and Leicester have it on the cobbles – 20 arrests

Mass brawl between Aston Villa and Leicester City fans see 20 arrested ahead of the game on Saturday 16 January

Aston Villa and Leicester City hooligans threw bricks and bottles at each other as violence erupted in Birmingham city centre ahead of the sides’ Premier League clash. West Midlands Police arrested 20 men – most of them teenagers – after being called to a a fight between supporters on Price Street at around 4.15pm.

Officers came across a group who were fighting and throwing bricks and bottles at each other near to The Bull pub, which was closed at the time.

Fifteen people, aged between 16 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of either violent disorder or affray, and taken into custody. Seven had travelled from Leicester and eight were Villa supporters, said West Midlands Police.

Another five youths – four aged 16 and one aged 17 – were also arrested on suspicion of affray after being caught in the NCP car park in nearby Weaman Street. Police have not said which club, if any, they were purporting to support.

None of the 20 men was seriously injured, said officers, and all have been released on police bail, with strict conditions, until dates in February and March.

Leicester City were held to a one-all draw by the bottom side Villa.

January last year, stunned shoppers watched as Leicester City and Aston Villa fans clashed near Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre. Bins and traffic cones were thrown in the melee, and 11 people were arrested.

 

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