Police hunt eight men after Aston Villa fans’ attack on police and stewards

18 January 2020, 10:04

Police want to trace these eight men after violence at the game
Police want to trace these eight men after violence at the game. Picture: Metropolitan police

By Asher McShane

Police are hunting for eight men following violent disorder which broke out during Aston Villa’s match at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park ground last August.

Scotland Yard officers are investigating after Villa fans attacked stewards and police over a disallowed goal during the game. Police today issued pictures of eight men they want to trace.

The Metropolitan Police said the disorder broke out during the Crystal Palace v Aston Villa match at Selhurst Park on August 31 last year.

A last-gasp equaliser for Villa was disallowed, and a number of fans ran on to the area near the pitch and attacked stewards and later police, the force added.

Scotland Yard said on Saturday that a number of people have been arrested and officers are urging the public to help identify the men in the pictures.

Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson said: “People go to football matches for a good time, not to witness or experience violence.

“It is unacceptable that this happened and with the public’s help we can find those who were prepared to behave in this way.”

Witnesses should call police on 020 824 69386 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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