SUSPECTED football hooligans have been told not to attend any matches while investigations into FA Cup mayhem continues.
Last night, Warwickshire Police Force released a statement to say that seven men were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following the ugly scenes at half-time during Atherstone Town’s FA Cup clash with Barrow last Saturday.
In fact, one of the seven suspects voluntarily handed himself into police.
No details of those who have been arrested have been revealed, although all of them are aged between 20 and 28-years-old and are from the Atherstone area.
After being questioned, all seven have been released on conditional police bail with strict conditions not to attend any designated football match or any football match that requires payment to enter.
Despite the arrests, investigations are still continuing into the violence which broke out during half-time at the game on Saturday, and brought shame to the town.
A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police Force explained; “Enquiries are ongoing and officers investigating the incident are continuing to appeal for witnesses or any photographs or video footage that may help them to identify anyone who was involved.”
According to reports, as the teams left the field at the end of the first half a group of yobs firstly attacked the Barrow dugout and then ran across the pitch to attack the visiting fans. They also stole the Barrow fans’ flag and attempted to burn it.
Several Barrow fans needed medical treatment including a man aged in his 80s, and a Barrow player was attacked on the sideline.
Officials from Atherstone FC were quick to distance themselves away from the trouble and blamed ‘so-called’ fans, not genuine Adders supporters and Atherstone chairman Rob Weale issued a personal apology on the club’s website to Barrow fans, and also pledged to help police catch those responsible.