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Villa Park Chaos: 46 Men Charged in Clash that Left Officers Injured

Villa Park Chaos: 46 Men Charged in Clash that Left Officers Injured

Villa Park Chaos: 46 Men Charged in Clash that Left Officers Injured

Villa Park Chaos: 46 Men Charged in Clash that Left Officers Injured

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  • Violence erupts before European Conference League, injuring 5 officers.
  • 46 charged: 43 for public order, 2 for assaulting officers (one with a knife).
  • Ages 21 to 63; 40 believed to be from Poland.
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Violence unfolded before the European Conference League fixture, leaving five police officers injured.

Of the 46 charged, 43 face public order offenses, and two are accused of assaulting officers, one with a knife.

Ages range from 21 to 63, with 40 believed to be from Poland. Villa lodged a Uefa complaint over Legia Warsaw’s mishandling of ticket distribution, sparking the violence.

Legia officials object to blame, and 45 suspects are set to appear before a special Birmingham court.”

‘Appalling disorder’

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In the clashes, two officers from West Midlands Police, two from the West Mercia force, and one from Derbyshire sustained injuries, including one hit by a burning flare.

Additionally, two police dogs and two horses were injured but are on the path to recovery, as reported by the police.

The West Midlands force is actively reviewing CCTV and body-worn footage in their ongoing investigation into what they describe as an “appalling and violent public disorder.”

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“To charge this number of people so soon after such a major disorder has taken a huge effort by staff who have been working around the clock,” added Det Sup Jim Munro.

In the wake of the violence, Legia Warsaw said: “We emphasise that none of the individuals detained by the police had tickets for [the] match.”

While Villa officials claimed the club faced uncooperativeness, Legia officials asserted that they had “sustained continuous communication” with Villa, Uefa, and the police regarding “essential measures” for the security of the venue and its surroundings.

“Despite this, the British police, in their official responses, only acknowledged the potential risks without implementing our suggestions,” a spokesperson said.

“Regrettably, due to the actions and inactions of Aston Villa FC, adverse incidents occurred.

“By disregarding our constructive feedback, the host club bears full responsibility for the situation.”

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