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Hebburn Town apologise for brawling fans, bottles thrown and Hillsborough chants

Northern League club Hebburn Town have been forced to apologise after trouble marred their FA Vase win over City of Liverpool FC yesterday afternoon.

A record crowd of 1,302 turned up to watch the match on Non league Day, however a minority of fans started brawling with bottles being thrown and reports of chanting about Hillsborough.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A spokesman for Northumbria Police, said: “At around 4.45pm today (Saturday) police were called to a report of disorder at Hebburn Sports Ground in South Tyneside involving a number of football fans.

“Police attended the venue and subsequently escorted supporters from the ground. There are currently no reports of injuries, however, enquiries are continuing and a police presence remains in the area.”

Hebburn Town were released the following statement:

“The football club is unfortunately aware of the social media hype regarding the post game incident between spectators from Hebburn Town FC and City of Liverpool FC after yesterday’s FA Vase First Round match.

“Instead of celebrating the fact the team had a tremendous result on the field against a strong visiting side and we had a record breaking attendance of 1302, the success has been somewhat overshadowed by the unsavoury incident that occurred on North Drive after the game.

“Northumbria Police were quick on the scene making no arrests but ensuring the crowds were quickly dispersed with away support put on their coaches to travel home.

“In the football club’s 106-year history we have never experienced spectator issues at our ground with our own or visiting support, and this is the first time we have been exposed to such disgusting behaviour and we very much condemn any such anti-social behaviour that results in idiotic violence.

“We are working very closely with Northumbria Police to identify from the police body cameras anyone involved in the incident. Any spectator that is local to Hebburn and its surrounding areas will receive an automatic ban from our football club.

“The club having an understanding of the size of the crowd to attend the game prepared accordingly, we hired in security/stewards (we never usually require any), we had many conversations with the local authority and Northumbria Police regarding logistics for the game such as parking, crowd control, emergency evacuation plans etc due to the large numbers anticipated.

“Furthermore, we shared publicly through our website and social media outlets asking spectators to be mindful of our residential neighbours especially when it comes to parking and behaviour travelling to and from the ground and there was very little more we could have done in our preparations.

“Our pre-prepared planning ensured that for 99.9% of the 1302 strong crowd the day went smoothly from the minute the ground opened at 12pm throughout the match until the final whistle. It was great to see fans from both clubs mingling, chatting and enjoying the general feel good atmosphere that as a community club we very much promoted.

“Unfortunately all the planning in the world can’t prevent idiotic behaviour from a very very small minority from both spectator groups, and our security/steward teams acted promptly to ensure minimum risk.

“We’d like to thank the City of Liverpool FC officials for the support especially Peter (Secretary) who worked really closely with us in preparing but also during the day yesterday.

“We would like to apologise to those genuine spectators supporting Hebburn Town FC and City of Liverpool FC who got caught up in the incident. We’d also like to share our apologies with our residential neighbours especially in North Drive having to witness this from your homes.

“We can assure everyone that moving forward we will take the feedback and lessons learnt to ensure incidents of this nature do not happen again.

“No further comments will be made by the football club.”

 

There were huge amounts of reaction on social media by fans who had attending the game, with one saying they wouldn’t attend another non league game for a while because of the scenes – check out those tweets on the next page.

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