Police called as fans clash at non-league final

Police were called to Fleetwood Town's Highbury stadium as tempers flared during a non-league cup final.

Wednesday, 17th May 2017, 10:58 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:38 pm
Police at Highbury Image: Dan Jewell/Twitter

Officers were asked to attend the ground following reports of disorder between rival fans.

The game, between Barnoldswick Town and City of Liverpool FC was the final of the North West Counties League Cup.

Police said they were called at the request of security staff.

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It is understood drinks and other objects may have been thrown.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We were called to Highbury Stadium at around 8pm on Tuesday.

"Stewards had requested officers attend following disorder between sets of rival supporters.

"The match was a non-league cup final."

Police were deployed in the Parkside stand to separate the supporters.

The game finished without further incident, City of Liverpool beating Barnoldswick 3-2 on penalties, the game having ended a 1-1 draw.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "Initial reports were of fighting which were dealt with by the stewards inside the ground.

"We attended to make sure there were no further incidents inside or outside the ground."

Pictures posted to social media showed around a dozen police officers inside the ground.

Radio commentary from the clash was briefly interrupted due to the crowd issues.

The Gazette has contacted the North West Counties Football League for comment.