September 20, 2020

Fans charged after Leeds-Manchester cup clash

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Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs, second left, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Leeds

Police in the UK have charged 14 fans for a number of offences following the tempestuous Carling Cup tie between Leeds and Manchester United at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

The match was marred by vile chanting from both sets of supporters, with the visiting fans unfurling a banner which apparently mocked the the two Leeds supporters stabbed in Istanbul in 2000 and sections of the home crowd responding with songs concerning the 1958 Munich air disaster, in which 23 people lost their lives.

Three men, aged 27, 38 and 40, were released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of public order offences, while two 16-year-olds were reprimanded on the same charge.

Others were charged with throwing a missile on to the playing field, ticket touting, public order offences, indecent or racial chanting, being drunk and disorderly and possession of a Class B drug.

Four men, aged 19, 23, 45 and 46, were arrested on suspicion of making off without payment but were later released without charge. The charged will appear before Leeds Magistrates Court between Oct 4 and Oct 6.

The game, the first between the two sides at Elland Road since Leeds’s relegation from the Premier League in 2004, was preceded by violent clashes outside the stadium which left two police officers injured, one suffering from a foot injury and one a broken leg.

Manchester City’s Owen Hargreaves celebrates after scoring against Birmingham

Supt Vernon Francis, from West Yorkshire Police, described the violence as “shocking and surprising” and indicated that police would search a “wealth” of CCTV footage with a view to making a number of arrests.

The match finished with a comfortable win for Manchester United with two goals from Michael Owen and one from Ryan Giggs.

Elsewhere in the Cup there were few shocks as Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City progressed into the next round. Owen Hargreaves scored for City in their win over Birmingham after his long-awaited return from injury.

Although Chelsea, down to 10-men after defender Alex was dismissed, won after a penalty shoot-out over Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

Stoke’s tie at the Britannia Stadium with Tottenham also had to be decided on penalties with the home side coming through 7-6.

 

 

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