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Metropolitan Police appeal for help to identify football fans who caused disorder at Championship match

The Metropolitan Police have issued pictures of 11 men in relation to the fan trouble and disorder after the Championship match between Millwall and Birmingham City on March 9.

Man arrested and footage reviewed

Following the game at The Den, several police officers were injured. The Metropolitan Police have reviewed the footage and posted images of suspected fans guilty of causing disorder. They are now looking for help from the general public to formally identify the 11 fans, although it is believed that they are all Birmingham supporters, according to the Metropolitan Police.

A 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of array on Tuesday, March 26, in Birmingham. An array is described as follows in Section 3 (1) of the Public Order Act 1986:

“A person is guilty of affray if he uses or threatens unlawful violence towards another and his conduct is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety.”

Metropolitan Police statement

Detective Constable Phil Dickinson, of the Met's Public Order Crime Team, said: “The vast majority of football supporters are there to enjoy the game, with a small number spoiling the atmosphere for others.

“The Met’s unit that deals with disorder at football matches will prosecute those looking to engage in criminality before, during or after fixtures in London.”

Anyone able to identify anyone in the images is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, 100 per cent anonymously, with the reference number of the image which you wish to identify.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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