Birmingham City v Millwall violence: Police pledge to make more arrests

Investigations ongoing as both clubs condemn outbreaks of disorder

West Midlands Police have revealed more arrests will follow the five already made following the violence between Birmingham City and Millwall supporters on Saturday.

Fighting – including throwing of bricks, bottles and other objects - broke out across several parts of the city following the 2-2 draw at St Andrew’s which culminated in visiting fans from London attempting to storm an area of seating occupied by Blues fans.

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Around 150 seats were vandalised during the game and before kick-off a 30-year-old man from Smethwick was arrested on suspicion of wounding after a 60-year-old Millwall fan was assaulted on Cattell Road next to the stadium.

The violence continued after the match in various locations around Digbeth as both sets of fans headed back to New Street Station. This culminated in the five arrests, but police have said more are on the way as investigations continue.

Birmingham City Football Club St Andrews Stadium

What is the latest update from the force?

Chief Superintendent Ian Parnell said: “More arrests will come in the following weeks, meaning anyone involved should immediately go to their local police station to explain what happened.

“Witnesses have been spoken to and CCTV is being reviewed alongside images posted online.

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

“We always push for the maximum punishment and we are supported by the clubs in this.”

West Midlands Police appeal

What have the clubs said?

Both Blues and Millwall have issued brief statements condemning the violence.

A Blues spokesman said: “The club are aware of a number of incidents of supporter disorder before, during and after Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Millwall.

“We are working with the authorities to help identify the perpetrators who, if found guilty, will be subject to the scrutiny of the law.

“The club will also be conducting an internal investigation in line with our disciplinary policy.

“There is no place for the kind of behaviour witnessed on Saturday and those involved will no longer be welcome at St Andrew’s.”

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