Middleton fans held after game
TWO men from Middleton were arrested following Oldham Athletic’s match against Tranmere Rovers on Merseyside.
The Lactics drew 1-1 at Prenton Park stadium on Saturday, November 24, and some fans claimed they were ‘kettled’ outside the ground and complained about policing tactics after the match.
Three men from Greater Manchester were among those arrested, Merseyside Police said.
Two men, aged 19 and 45, from Middleton, were arrested for drunk and disorderly offences and issued with penalty notices.
A 26-year-old man from Oldham was arrested for a public order offence and was issued with a penalty notice.
Police also arrested two 17-year-old boys from Wirral.
Oldham Athletic said the club is investigating the complaints and has made a ‘number of enquires through the appropriate channels’.
A statement on the Latics’ website read: “This is something the club is taking very seriously and we hope provide an update in due course. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those supporters who behaved impecca- bly at Prenton Park.”
Match commander, Chief Superintendent Dave Charnock, said: “Our policing of any football match puts the safety of supporters first, which can involve a number of tactics.
“In this case, we were responding appropriately to information about planned serious disorder following the game, and which was prevented.
“Our message to the small minority of fans intent on planning or carrying out violence or disorder at any match is that this type of behaviour in unacceptable and will simply not be tolerated.
“We can and do identify those responsible for such incidents and will issue sanctions including Banning Orders.
“We will be working closely with both clubs to investigate the events of Saturday and I want to thank the vast majority of supporters who attended the game in good spirits.
“It would have been alarming to those supporters to have been caught up in the events of Saturday and I want to reassure them that we only ever use such tactics for their protection and safety. I would ask anyone with information to come forward and we will take appropriate action.”
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