Violence in football has always been around and at times has even been seen as simply part of the game. From violence on the terraces during the 70’s to boozy England fans throwing deck chairs around Europe.
The recent FA cup fixture between Millwall and Everton, which saw Millwall beat the Premier League side with a dramatic injury time goal to end the match 3-2, was marred by violent scenes before, during and after the game.
One Everton fan was seriously injured when he was attacked with a blade and required 25 stitches on his face.
Lincoln City have also been involved in violence at both home and away games, the most recent of which saw Lincoln city fans attacked at their away fixture against Bury on Saturday where they drew to the Greater Manchester side 3-3.
Reportedly after the match Lincoln fans said they were attacked by a group of Bury fans who charged at them and their families.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison of Greater Manchester police said “we work closely with clubs to fully assess each fixture, as well as using intelligence, to decide on the appropriate policing operation required based on threat, risk and harm posed.”
Mr Ellison went on to say that the match was not identified as a “high-risk fixture” and that after the match had finished officers “quickly stepped in to ease tensions after becoming aware of an earlier fight between groups of fans.”
Fortunately at the moment there are no reported injuries but police are investigating.
Following the match Lincoln City FC posted on their official website saying that “we are aware of post-match incidents at the Energy Check stadium at Gigg Lane and are currently investigating. Anyone with information is advised to email firstname.lastname@example.org”
Lincoln city also said “thank you for your superb support, you were a credit to Lincoln City Football Club. #ImpsAsOne.”