Violence mars Aston Villa vs Legia Warsaw game that left one police officer in hospital and 39 arrests

Aston Villa have condemned the violence from Legia Warsaw followers, which led to 3 cops being injured and greater than 30 arrests.

Forward of the Europa Convention League conflict on Thursday night time, missiles have been thrown at police because the visiting followers have been held within the coach park close to the stadium.

There have been some unsavoury scenes outdoors of Villa Park pre-matchCredit score: Getty

One injured officer was taken to hospital and the West Midlands Police defined in a press release that the ‘excessive violence’ left the pressure with no possibility however to disclaim away supporters entry.

Chief Inspector Tim Robinson mentioned: “This could have been an ideal night of soccer which was loved by followers from each golf equipment.

“Sadly, there have been appalling scenes which noticed away followers dangerously throw flares and different missiles at our officers.”

Two police horses and two police canines have been additionally damage.

Villa, in the meantime, revealed requests to the Polish membership earlier than the group stage sport for assist in stopping ticketless followers from travelling went unanswered.

Villa mentioned: “Aston Villa Soccer Membership can affirm that no away followers have been allowed into Villa Park for this night’s UEFA Europa Convention League fixture with Legia Warsaw on the recommendation of West Midlands Police following large-scale dysfunction outdoors the stadium attributable to visiting supporters.

“The UK security authorities, UEFA and Aston Villa, communicated on November 2 that the ticket allocation for away followers for this fixture could be lowered to 1,002 on the recommendation of security authorities on account of earlier large-scale dysfunction attributable to Legia followers final month at AZ Alkmaar.

“Plenty of Dutch cops have been injured throughout that dysfunction. As a consequence, UEFA banned Legia supporters from travelling to Mostar for his or her sport towards HSK Zrinjski.

Three cops have been injured within the botherCredit score: Getty

“Despite quite a few requests for cooperation from Legia Warsaw regarding their travelling supporters, particularly within the final two days, no help on the intense security matter of away followers attending Villa Park was forthcoming from the visiting membership.

“The membership has repeatedly, together with this morning, raised considerations together with UEFA and all of the related authorities to Legia that ticketless away supporters have been making an attempt to attend Villa Park.”

Villa mentioned Legia followers ‘engaged in deliberate and systematic violent acts towards West Midlands Law enforcement officials’ about an hour earlier than kick-off.

The membership added: “Aston Villa strongly condemns the behaviour of these visiting supporters and want to thank West Midlands Police for his or her professionalism in very troublesome circumstances.

Legia coach Kosta Runjaic refused to be drawn on the dysfunction within the post-match press convention.

It is understood 1,000 ticketless Legia followers travelled to Birmingham for the matchCredit score: Getty

He mentioned: “I believe its a special matter, it is not my enterprise. I have been in an enormous focus to guide the crew. We represented Polish soccer in a great way, all different issues outdoors the stadium I do not need to remark.

“We have now nice followers, they assist us dwelling and away. We will all the time rely on them. Up to now since I have been at Legia I’ve had an excellent expertise with our followers. I do not know the content material of all of it taking place.

“I do not know the small print, which is why it is higher I do not communicate an excessive amount of about it. Sadly our followers weren’t within the stadium and the environment would have been higher.

“It isn’t in regards to the followers, it is a pity however we won’t change it.”

Aston Villa ran out 2-1 winners with ahead Moussa Diaby opening the scoring on 4 minutes. Alex Moreno obtained their second on 58 minutes after Ernest Muci levelled the sport on 20 minutes.

Villa have secured a prime two spot of Group E with the win and can affirm prime spot with a draw towards Bosnian facet HSK Zrinjski on December 14.


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