Police appeal after football violence

Police are trying to identify these individuals

Police are trying to identify these individuals

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Police are asking for the public to help identify nine men they wish to speak to in connection with a violent disturbance at a Europa League match between Manchester United and Liverpool.

On Thursday March 17, Manchester United hosted their rivals in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie, played at Old Trafford.

Police are hoping to identify these individuals

Police are hoping to identify these individuals

Prior to the final whistle, a violent confrontation broke out in the East Stand between a small number of home and away supporters.

This violent disorder led to a young child, caught in the crossfire between the two sets of fans, sustaining minor injuries after being hit by a plastic seat thrown by one of the offenders.

A number of other incidents also occurred before and after the match, leading to a full investigation by Greater Manchester Police.

Two men have been charged in connection to a banner that was placed over a bridge on the M602.

Det Sgt Stephen Warriner said: “Football is a family event and the appalling violence that occurred that evening will not be tolerated by the clubs, the police or by the vast majority of supporters.

“A young child was hurt as a result of these mindless thugs, who paid absolutely no regard to the safety of those around them.

“A number of arrests have already been carried out, but now we need the public’s help to ensure those people capable of carrying out such violence are no longer welcome at our football grounds.

“Please take a few minutes to view the images and if you recognise anyone, please contact either myself or my team”.

“If necessary this can be done anonymously.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7525, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.