Fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer in­jured by Leeds fans

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Tom Morgan

A fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer sus­tained a se­ri­ous head in­jury dur­ing latenight clashes af­ter 7,000 Leeds fans de­fied Covid-19 warn­ings by gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate the club’s re­turn to the Premier League.

An­drea Radriz­zani, the club’s chair­man, and Oz Khan, as­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble of West York­shire Po­lice, led crit­i­cism of the ugly scenes, in which there were nine ar­rests. One group in Mil­len­nium Square was said to have hurled bot­tles at po­lice, hit­ting the woman of­fi­cer. Sev­eral other of­fi­cers and 15 mem­bers of the pub­lic also suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, the force said. Rub­bish was left strewn across the square yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Amid fears there may be sim­i­lar scenes at the last game of the sea­son against Charl­ton to­mor­row, Radriz­zani said: “We need to be re­spon­si­ble. Ev­ery­body wishes to get to­gether and cel­e­brate, and we would love to open the sta­dium soon. But if we’re not following the rules and we take this su­per­fi­cially this might cause more cases, more prob­lems and then we might have to post­pone what we want, which is to be back at El­land Road as soon as pos­si­ble.

“So I re­ally in­vite them to be more cau­tious than they’ve shown in the last 24 hours. I think what I’ve seen is not re­spon­si­ble.”

Mean­while, Liver­pool fans have been told to stay at home when the club are handed the Premier League tro­phy at An­field to­mor­row.

Po­lice warned that there could be no re­peat of the scenes last month when 15 were ar­rested dur­ing clashes af­ter thou­sands ig­nored Covid-19 social-dis­tanc­ing rules.

Clean-up: Rub­bish was strewn across Leeds city cen­tre af­ter fans’ pro­mo­tion party

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