Fighting RL fans in police probe

Brawling on and off the pitch at Huddersfield
Brawling on and off the pitch at Huddersfield
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A POLICE investigation has been launched after trouble flared during Wigan Warriors’ trip to Huddersfield Giants at the weekend.

Fighting broke out in the away section of the ground during the 22-10 Super League defeat to the table-topping Yorkshiremen.

According to reports, a flare was set off and then a number of visiting supporters were seen fighting among themselves.

The fracas resulted in two stewards being injured.

Stewards attended to try and calm matters down but the violence left many younger fans upset and scared and attracted considerable criticism for casting a shadow over a sport which prides itself in its family appeal.

Wigan Warriors today vowed to find those involved in the trouble and are assisting both Huddersfield Giants and West Yorkshire police in an inquiry to single out those involved.

Officials from the club have since travelled to Yorkshire to scrutinise CCTV footage.

A club spokesman said: “We have been made aware of the incident and are making our own investigations.

“Any negative or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated as we are a family club and a family sport. Club staff have been across to Huddersfield and are looking at CCTV footage and once we know further details or information we will deal accordingly.”

Many Wigan fans took to internet messageboards and Twitter, condemning the actions of the minority of fans who let the club down.

One tweeter wrote: “Wigan fans fighting between each other. And to top it off children being pushed about! So embarrassed! #scumbags #disgrace #wiganwarriors”.

Another fan said: “Disappointed and embarrassed to read a minority of Wigan Rugby fans were scrapping at the game.”

And one Warriors supporter added: “It did not look good. There was a smoke bomb or something and then they started fighting in lumps. Lasted a good while too. Kept bubbling back up. Not good.”

A spokesman for Huddersfield Giants declined to comment on the matter while West Yorkshire police carry out their investigations.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The Huddersfield South NPT are currently investigating an incident of disorder that took place in the Wigan end of the John Smith’s stadium during the weekend’s match between Huddersfield and Wigan.

“Two stewards were injured after a confrontation between Wigan fans after a smoke bomb was thrown.

“Enquiries are ongoing and officers are working with both clubs to try and identify the suspects.”