Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Arrests as Match Trouble Flares

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Arrests as Match Trouble Flares

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Byline: Ron Livingstone

Thirty fans were arrested during and after the Boro v Man City game, police revealed today.

Saturday's total is believed to be the highest number of incidents on a match day this season.

But only five arrests took place within the ground at the 34,000-plus sell-out game.

Offences ranged from breach of the peace to carrying offensive weapons.

Inside the ground early in the first half, stewards and police were called after visiting fans refused to sit down in their seats and a number of fans were ejected.

Many City fans remained standing, despite a Tannoy appeal.

Club spokesman Dave Allan said: "I can confirm there were only five arrests within the stadium - all Manchester City supporters.

"As always, the behaviour of Middlesbrough supporters within the stadium was impeccable."

The behaviour of visiting fans refusing to take their seats could lead to Man City having their allocation slashed in forthcoming fixtures, similar to their United rivals. …

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