Birmingham City fan, 15, arrested for allegedly pushing officer in face during protest

A teenager was arrested for a public order offence during the Birmingham City fan protest on Friday

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly confronted an officer and pushed him in the face during the Birmingham City #BSHLOUT protest on Friday evening (4 February).

Hundreds of fans marched from the Bull Ring Tavern in the city centre up to St Andrew’s, and gathered outside the Kop and ticket office before kick-off to protest against owners Birmingham Sports Holdings Ltd (BSHL) before their side’s 2-1 defeat against Sheffield United.

Uncertainty over who owns the club, the state of their St Andrew’s ground -part of which has been closed for more than a year due to structural issues - and increasing financial losses have all been used in protest at the owners in recent weeks.

West Midlands Police said the protest was “on the whole peaceful”.

A statement from Football Unit Sergeant Lizzie Lewandowski, said: “The fan protest was on the whole peaceful but one boy, aged 15, was arrested for a public order offence.

“It’s alleged he confronted an officer and pushed him in the face.

“He refused to speak to us in interview and has been released under investigation while we review CCTV and other evidence before deciding the best course of action.”

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