Six arrested after Leeds and Man United fans clash in violent fights as families ‘hide for safety’


Police have arrested six people after violent clashes broke out between Leeds United and Manchester United fans ahead of the first Premier League game of the season.

Footage captured before the game kicked off showed football fans throwing punches, chairs and even rubbish bins as tensions mounted in the streets of the city centre.

The match kicked off at 12.30pm today and Manchester United ended up winning 5-1, Manchester Evening News reports.

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But video clips that emerged earlier showed violent fights in the town centre, with one showing a man violently attacking someone with a bin.

A lone police officer was seen with a baton in hand to disperse the crowd, while a man inside the Caffe Nero where the footage was taken said: “Good job, we’re here. Oh my God .”

One witness, who said he saw families forced to take cover from hooligans on secondary roads, described chairs being “thrown” and fighting. He said he later saw a lady “hiding” with a pram from the fans.

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The witness added that the children who were nearby seemed “frightened” by what was happening.

Another video that appears to have been taken from a large apartment building shows police holding back a large crowd of supporters.

Greater Manchester Police said that despite “isolated incidents of disorder” before kick-off, the event at Old Trafford on Saturday went “largely without police incident”.

Manchester United take on Leeds at Old Trafford on Saturday

Police said six arrests were made during the day – five related to public order offenses and one for suspected drug offences.

The force said work was also underway with football investigators from Manchester United and Leeds United to identify those involved in other incidents of disorder.

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

“Six arrests were made during the day; five for breach of public order and one for suspected drug offences.

“These suspects remain in custody in cells in Greater Manchester for questioning this evening.

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


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