Children hurt in Middlesbrough post-match brawl over disallowed goal

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

Scuffles began in stoppage time when some visiting fans invaded the pitch, thinking their team had equalised only for the goal to be ruled out.

The violence continued outside the ground in the coach auto park, where in excess of 200 people were embroiled in the fighting.

One police officer had to be taken to hospital after suffering injuries in the brawl.

Five people are in custody over clashes which began with a disallowed goal in Middlesbrough's Championship game at home to Sheffield United.

Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said the force would "absolutely not tolerate violence of this nature".

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He added: "The vast majority of fans accept that football is a family game, watched by children, parents and grandparents".

Middlesbrough won the game 1-0.

"Unfortunately a small minority of people behave in a manner which puts innocent fans at risk".

However, Russia is trying to clamp down on fan violence through new laws which include stadium bans for offenders.

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