Police arrested five people after fights after the Birmingham City v Millwall match

The police carried out a large operation for the meeting, but incidents broke out in a large area of ​​the city.

West Midlands Police said in a statement:

“The level of violence, in which our officers got in the way to protect people, meant that some of our officers had to wear public order helmets, use shields and draw their batons, all the while continually warning people to stay away. they will move away

“We understand how the scene could have scared people who had nothing to do with the violence.

Bricks, bottles and objects were used as weapons at hotspots around Digbeth and other areas between the stadium and New Street railway station.

“Our Football Surveillance Unit and Force CID detectives have opened a joint investigation. They work closely with football clubs and fan groups.

“ There will be more arrests in the coming weeks, which means that anyone involved should immediately go to their local police station to explain what happened.

“Witnesses have been spoken to and CCTV is being reviewed along with images posted online.”

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences, including non-recent offenses at football matches, racism, violent disorder and public order offences.

Chief Superintendent Ian Parnell said: “It is important to remember that as disturbing as these incidents were and the fear they caused others, the behavior of these individuals represented a minority.

“The violent behavior was unacceptable and we will do everything we can to find those responsible so that they can be properly punished by the courts.

“We always push for the penalty and the clubs support us in this.

“Most of the fans just want to enjoy the game, but a minority has ruined today for the majority.

“In addition to the impact criminal convictions have on jobs, future careers, travel rights and more, people convicted of soccer-related offenses risk being banned for life from all games.

“There was a great operation for all three games today. Officers from all regions of the West Midlands were called in to help, supported by dog ​​units, drone teams and others, and days off were cancelled. Each club was involved in creating and supporting those plans.

“Our preparations meant that we successfully stopped many incidents before they started and most people will never find out.

“The security plans and bravery of our officers also meant we were able to quickly get things back under control in the multiple sporadic locations covering a large area where people were intent on violence.”

Around 150 seats inside St Andrew’s Stadium were vandalized during the game.

In an incident before kick-off, a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of injury after a 60-year-old Millwall fan was assaulted before the game at Cattell Road.

Three men were arrested in the Walsall FC vs Port Vale FC match. Two were briefly detained to avoid breaching the peace, while the third was arrested on suspicion of causing fear of violence.

There were no reported incidents at the West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City game.

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