Twelve Leicestershire officers injured following football disorder
Twelve officers from Leicestershire Police have been left injured following disorder at Leicester City’s Europa League match with Legia Warsaw last night (November 25).
Two officers were taken to hospital, one with a broken wrist and the other with concussion, after police responded to disorder which broke out within the away fans’ section during the second half, the force said.
A number of flares were set off and some fans attempted to breach the segregated line, assaulting officers in the process.
Leicestershire Police said seven people were arrested following the match at the King Power Stadium and a large number of ejections were also made from the ground. All those arrested remain in custody.
Adam Commons, chair of the Leicestershire Police Federation said: “The violence shown towards my colleagues at last nights game was a disgrace. Clearly a section of the away support had no interest in watching a game of football and only went with the intention of causing trouble.”
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham said: “While I am pleased that our officers responded well and managed to contain the away fans within their section and minimise contact between them and the home crowd, it’s extremely disappointing that a number of fans acted the way they did and 12 officers were injured during the incident.
“This type of behaviour is not acceptable and we will be investigating the incident fully in order to bring those offenders to justice.”