West Midlands mayor Andy Road has condemned the “deeply disagreeable scenes” outdoors Villa Park on Thursday evening.
Legia Warsaw supporters clashed with police, throwing flares and different missiles, in violent scenes that led to 39 arrests. Police say it got here after their tickets weren’t distributed correctly by the away membership as had been anticipated.
Road thanked the police for “placing themselves in hurt’s means” after it was revealed that 4 officers have been injured, with one taken to hospital. Two police horses and two police canine have been additionally harm.
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The mayor additionally urged UEFA, the governing physique of European soccer and organisers of the Europa Convention League, to take “sturdy motion” towards these concerned.
He posted on X, previously often called Twitter: “Deeply disagreeable scenes outdoors Villa Park tonight, which have been handled completely appropriately by West Midlands Police.
“An enormous thanks to the courageous officers who put themselves in hurt’s method to hold others protected. I belief UEFA will now transfer swiftly to take sturdy motion.”
West Midlands Police’s Chief Inspector Tim Robinson stated in a press release : “This could have been an excellent 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.”
He stated the “excessive violence” left police with no different alternative however to forestall away followers coming into the stadium, including: “The security of everyone seems to be our precedence, and clearly we had no different possibility.”