SportsTrending Story

Legia Fans Set Policeman On Fire, Injure Three Others

"Aston Villa strongly condemns the behaviour of those visiting supporters and would like to thank West Midlands Police for their professionalism in very difficult circumstances"

1.3k

Legia football fans set a police officer on fire and injured three others last night as they pelted them with flares before a game against Aston Villa.

Flares and missiles were thrown at police as the Legia fans were held in a coach park near Villa’s stadium.

The game, which Villa won 2-1, started at its scheduled 2000 GMT time, but no Legia fans were allowed into Villa Park ahead of kick-off.

The officer who was engulfed by flames after being hit by a flare suffered burns and is now recovering in hospital.

Aston Villa have condemned the violence that left three police officers injured after Legia Warsaw fans were involved in violent clashes before Thursday’s Europa Conference League game.

A Birmingham Police statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, read: “We’re currently unable to allow away fans into Villa Park following disorder outside the stadium which has seen missiles thrown at officers.

“Three officers have already been injured and a significant policing operation continues. Please avoid Witton Lane where possible.”

The Polish club had their ticket allocation reduced to just under 1,000 after concerns over potential crowd trouble.

Ticketless Legia fans vowed to travel to Birmingham regardless of the reduced allocation.

“Aston Villa can confirm that no away fans were allowed into Villa Park for this evening’s UEFA Europa Conference League fixture with Legia Warsaw on the advice of West Midlands Police following large-scale disorder outside the stadium caused by visiting supporters,” the Premier League club said in a statement.

“The UK safety authorities, UEFA and Aston Villa, communicated on November 2 that the ticket allocation for away fans for this fixture would be reduced to 1,002 on the advice of safety authorities as a result of previous large-scale disorder caused by Legia fans last month at AZ Alkmaar.

“A number of Dutch police officers were injured during that disorder. As a consequence, UEFA banned Legia supporters from travelling to Mostar for their game against HSK Zrinjski.

“In spite of numerous requests for cooperation from Legia Warsaw concerning their travelling supporters, especially in the last two days, no assistance on the serious safety matter of away fans attending Villa Park was forthcoming from the visiting club.

“The club has repeatedly, including this morning, raised concerns in conjunction with UEFA and all the relevant authorities to Legia that ticketless away supporters were attempting to attend Villa Park.”

Legia supporters were met by a wall of police officers wearing helmets with visors to protect themselves when they marched towards Villa Park.

The flares were let off as they were penned in, sparking the incident that led to the police injuries.

During the match, the section of Villa Park usually reserved for visiting fans was left completely empty, but there was further crowd trouble outside the stadium.

Videos on social media showed a group of Legia fans gathered in a street hurling bottles towards Villa supporters who were looking down on them from inside the ground.

“Aston Villa strongly condemns the behaviour of those visiting supporters and would like to thank West Midlands Police for their professionalism in very difficult circumstances,” the club added.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Jose Peseiro trolled online for playing injured Ola Aina in AFCON final

Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro got brutally trolled online for playing Ola...

AFCON: Nigeria’s performance was built on collective efforts – FG

The Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Owan Enoh, has attributed Nigeria’s...

Amokachi, Aghahowa applaud NNPCL for successful 13th sports fiesta

Ex-Super Eagles legends — Daniel Amokachi and Julius Aghahowa — have lauded...

Bayern sack Thomas Tuchel, to exit in June

Following the abysmal performance of Bayern Munich this season, Thomas Tuchel will...

Rivers Gov. Fubara gifts Super Eagles goalkeeper Nwabali, others N100m

Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali’s heroics at the just-concluded Africa Cup of...

FIFA rankings: Super Eagles jump to 28th best team in the world

Nigeria’s men’s football team, the Super Eagles, have moved up 14 places...

Jose Peseiro not going anywhere anytime soon – NFF

With uncertainty surrounding Jose Peseiro’s job after the AFCON second-place finish, the...

Just in: Pres. Tinubu confers national honours on Super Eagles, gifts them houses, land in Abuja

President Bola Tinubu has conferred the prestigious title of Member of the...

Stop bullying Iwobi, focus on your failed music career, Asisat Oshoala blasts Tunde Ednut

In the aftermath of Nigeria’s loss in the just-concluded African Cup of...

AFCON: FG condemns cyber-bullying against Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi

The Federal Government has condemned the cyberbullying attacks targeted at Super Eagles...

Top four takeaways from Super Eagles outing at AFCON 2023 with Osimhen isolated

Undoubtedly, Nigeria gave in to pressure from the Ivorians to win their...

Breaking: Revitalized Cote d’Ivoire win AFCON 2023, edge out Super Eagles 2-1

The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire have been crowned with a third Africa...

N9bln up for grabs if Super Eagles win AFCON

The Super Eagles will earn N8.9 billion ($7 million) if they beat...

Barely 24 hours to AFCON final: Ahmed Musa says he’s ready to make history with Super Eagles

Ahead of the highly anticipated clash between Nigeria and Ivory Coast in...

Breaking: Kenya’s Bernard Sang wins 2024 Lagos City Marathon

A Kenyan marathoner, Bernard Sang, on Saturday won the Access Bank 2024...

Ivory Coast stun DR Congo to set up an epic AFCON final with Nigeria

Stellar performance from the Elephant has taken their campaign from the brink...

Nigeria’s spirited journey to AFCON final

In a spectacle of sheer determination and unwavering spirit, the Super Eagles...

Excited Pres.Tinubu congratulates Super Eagles for securing AFCON finals ticket

President Tinubu has congratulated the Super Eagles on their victory over South...

AFCON: Super Eagles’ cruise to finals: FG hails team’s determination, talent

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Mohammed Idris, has lauded...

EFCC sets up task force to combat dollarization of economy, mutilation of naira

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the setting up...