Female police officer injured by Leeds fans
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