Restaurant manager says Birmingham City fans ‘attacked’ Norwich City supporters at his restaurant

The incident took place following Birmingham’s 2-0 defeat to Norwich last Saturday (September 30)
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Birmingham City fans reportedly attacked people inside a Norwich restaurant on Saturday following the club’s 2-0 defeat to the Canaries (September 30).

The manager of the Gem of Norwich - a Turkish restaurant opposite Norwich train station - has said Blues fans attacked the restaurant and assaulted Norwich fans inside at around 5.30pm following the match at Carrow Road.

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James Grundy has told the Easten Daily Press that four buses full of away supporters pulled up by traffic lights next to the restaurant and began to make rude gestures. He says after getting off the bus, the Birmingham fans “suddenly rushed over and were dragging people around, hitting them, smashing up the bar and people’s glasses.”

One diner who was wearing a Norwich scarf was reportedly ‘dragged outside and punched’. Mr Grundy told the newspaper: “There were children around and it completely ruined the evening, a lot of people were very scared.”

Gem of Norwich restaurant, NorwichGem of Norwich restaurant, Norwich
Gem of Norwich restaurant, Norwich

Police statement

A statement from Norfolk Constabulary, said: “Officers attended a public order incident in Thorpe Road, Norwich, at around 6pm on Saturday 30 September. During the incident one man sustained a slight injury to his face.

“Inquiries are continuing and anyone who witnessed the incident or has any relevant footage is asked to contact Sgt Darren Harper at Norfolk Police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident number 353 of 30 September. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Birmingham City FC has been approached for comment on this strory

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