Five stopped as fans clash ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League game with Leeds at Old Trafford | UK News

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Clashes broke out ahead of Manchester United and Leeds United’s Premier League season opener, with police arresting five people.

A video posted on social media appeared to show a group of supporters brawling, with a chair thrown around and someone using a trash can as a weapon.

Police officers were seen in the footage and Greater Manchester Police said they had arrested five people on suspicion of public order offences.

A sixth was arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison, who was the golden afternoon commander, said: “Despite isolated incidents of disorder in the town center before kick-off, today’s events in Old Trafford was largely passed without police incident and I would like to thank the majority of the public for their cooperation throughout the day.

“There were many challenges around today’s operation, and our officers were working long hours to help ensure the events were carried out safely and without significant disruption to the general public going about their business. of the weekend.”

He added: “Work began immediately, working with football investigators from Manchester United and Leeds United, to identify the perpetrators of further incidents of disorder so that we can get them booked for their senseless actions.

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A video of fights was posted on social media

“Today was an important day for many with the return of full crowds to venues that had been absent for so long, and I want to thank the public, our officers and our partners from all the agencies involved who helped make sure that today was a safe and enjoyable affair for a large majority of those involved.”

The match between the bitter rivals at Old Trafford kicked off at 12.30pm and was the clubs’ first meeting with full fans since Leeds were promoted to the top flight in 2020.

The match ended 5-1 in Manchester Unitedfavor.

During the match, Leeds fans could be heard chanting ‘you let your country down’ as Jadon Sancho warmed up, following his missed penalty in the Euro 2020 final defeat to England.

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It compares to Brentford fans yesterdaywho cheered on Arsenal player Bukayo Saka, who also missed the shootout.

Both players subsequently suffered racist abuse on social media.

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