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Police investigate Blackpool v Preston fighting and alleged racist, homophobic chanting

Police say they are to investigate the fighting which took place at Blackpool v Preston and the alleged racist, homophobic chanting heard.

Officers were called to reports that there had been an ‘altercation’ between two groups of people shortly before 3pm on Waterloo Road in Blackpool.

Video footage shared on social media sees over 30 people at the scene close to Blackpool South train station and Farmfoods.

In one incident, a man fell to the ground following a fight with another man on a pavement. Then a number of punches and bottles appeared to be thrown between two groups of people near the steps of the station.

A second video shared on showed another altercation close to the Farmfoods car park. Numerous beer cans were thrown between the two groups before police arrived on the scene and dispersed the crowd.

No arrests or injuries have been reported with Lancashire Constabulary earlier dismissed rumours of a stabbing in the area but confirmed a 16-year-old was taken to hospital following a collision with a car on Waterloo Road.

Officers said an investigation has been launched into the fighting incidents and the force said it will be working with both football clubs to identify those involved. They warned that anyone found to have been involved in the fighting ‘will be dealt with robustly and proportionately’.


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Posted by Paul Walters on Saturday, 22 October 2022

In a statement, the force told LancsLive: “We are aware of an altercation which broke out between two groups of people on Waterloo Road, Blackpool, at around 2.55pm yesterday (Saturday, October 22nd) following the Blackpool v PNE match.

“An investigation has been launched and we will be working with both football clubs to identify those involved. Those found to have been part of the fighting will be dealt with robustly and proportionately.

“We have some footage of the incident but are asking anybody with further footage or information about those responsible to get in touch by calling 101, quoting log 333 of October 22nd, or reporting online at doitonline.lancashire.police.uk.”

Lancashire Police state that they have become aware of possible offensive chanting during the Championship fixture on Saturday, which saw Blackpool come out 4-2 winners.

They say officers are to discuss the matter with representatives of Blackpool FC in the next few days ahead.

In a statement, Lancashire Police said: “We have been made aware of possible racist and/or homophobic chanting during the football match between Blackpool and Preston North End yesterday (Saturday, October 22nd).

“We will be meeting with representatives from the football club in the coming days and this will include reviewing CCTV.

“If anything of this nature comes to light a full investigation will be launched and we will seek to identify and locate those responsible.

“Hate speech is not welcome in Lancashire and we take all reports of this nature very seriously.

“Anybody found to be responsible will be dealt with robustly and proportionately.”

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This is what Twitter users had to see as police investigate Blackpool v Preston fighting and alleged racist, homophobic chanting…

@BP2745: Ffs mate, that mobility scooter straight through the middle 😂😂

@ElisDavies5: Got the pink panther on one team and blues clues on the other like. Firms got mascots now ave they

@TMWOFB: Brian Potter steaming through the middle on his mobility scooter #PhoneixNights 😂

@DannyLannon: The kids going at it far better than any fellas ever do, they’d rather throw bottles and chairs at each other from a distance.

@Silky_Salah: Shit like this ruins football as a whole. Absolute twats. None of them deserve to see the light of day

@JLH2323: They’ll have a lot to talk about in the school playground.

@Markavfcutv: What a sad life these guys live 🤦‍♂️

@jammer_1987: The lad put his hood up to just watch 😂😂😂

@lovelystuff1878: Haha different shit every time you watch this

@bluerover77: How do they know who’s who? Surely they need bibs?

@hanson1_harry: That one lad that goes straight in is game as fuck hahah

@reallordgreen: Grown adults

@tatham91: Look at the state. Everything that’s wrong with football ‘fans’

@Ack17Kirk: How sad and pathetic that people go to a game and the absolute losers and mindless dickheads do stuff like this … pathetic losers the lot of them

@Kieranevans91: Grown men fighting over football 🤦🏽‍♂️🤣

@DaleBhoy: Some hands thrown here

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