Arrests after Bristol trouble

Avon and Somerset Police arrested 18 people as trouble broke out before and after at Wednesday's Bristol derby.

Last Updated: 05/09/13 at 13:26 Post Comment

Mounted police dispersed fans at the end of Bristol City's win

Mounted police dispersed fans at the end of Bristol City's win

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Arrests were made before City's 2-1 victory over Rovers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Ashton Gate.

And there was further disorder when mounted police were called on to disperse supporters who ran onto the pitch at the end of the game - the first derby in the city since 2007.

In total there were 12 home supporters and six away fans arrested while 16 people, including a police officer and a steward, were treated by the Fast Ambulance Service.

And match commander Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters said: "The majority of fans were well behaved and enjoyed the match.

"However there was a small minority who came with the sole intention of trying to spoil the enjoyment for the majority.

"We warned before the match that we would not tolerate any form of anti-social behaviour or violence.

"We will now aim to bring the offenders to justice using CCTV coverage and other intelligence and information gathered to bring the offenders to justice."

Both managers condemned the disorder following the game.

City manager Sean O'Driscoll said: "Up until the final whistle I thought it was tremendous. Great support, credit to Bristol Rovers as their support was excellent.

"The scenes at the end were disgraceful. It's taking the shine off a good victory for us. That's what people will be talking about - not the game.

"You'd think we'd got promoted to the Championship and not the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. That's the shame of the whole thing - it's ridiculous."

Rovers boss John Ward added: "You don't want people on the pitch, it's all about the players. It's ridiculous that they come on the pitch and goad opposition fans, and why people can't behave themselves at a football match is beyond me."

A subsequent statement from City read: "This sort of behaviour is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. We believe strongly Bristol City is a family friendly club, which is safe for supporters of all ages.

"We will be working closely with the Police and authorities, including the use of CCTV and imagery, to help identify those involved. Bristol City Football Club will take the strongest possible action against anyone found guilty of violent conduct."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi double puts Barca in control

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Graham Taylor rejects claims he was asked to cap number of black players in England side

Graham Taylor has denied claims that the Football Association tried to cap the number of black players when he was in charge of the England team.

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company