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Police called to non league match twice, play was halted, flares lit and fight broke out

Police were called to a non league match twice as play was halted, flares were lit and a fight broke out amongst fans at the South West Peninsula fixture.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police revealed to Falmouth Packet they received the first call to the ground at around 3pm about men fighting and one person carrying a flare. One man ended up being removed from the ground for disorderly behaviour.

They were called out yet again at around 4.30pm after a ‘dozen’ men were beating each other up. One male was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after an object was thrown at a car.

The spokesperson said that a 33-year-old man remained in custody and was being interviewed about what happened at the non league match by police on Sunday morning.

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Falmouth Town manager Andrew Westgarth said he was left ‘shaken’ after the incidents marred his side’s 5-0 win over St Blazey.

Play was halted for around five minutes during the second half of the league match when one away fans set off a flare in a group of Falmouth supporters.

Three St Blazey team members made sure he left the ground, by going into the stand itself to remove him so play could continue.

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Westgarth said: “I think the actions of today have completely masked over what has been a fantastic result for us.

“I’ve never witnessed anything like I’ve seen today in football in my life. It’s shaken me actually, how bad it was here.

“I thought the F-Troop were excellent today, it’s a real family affair there. I’ve got my sons both there, one’s nine and one’s seven, and they’ve come running to me crying their eyes out with the antics that have gone on and just the intimidation and lack of regard for anybody in the ground.

“I’m just speechless with what I saw and it shouldn’t be happening at any ground let alone at this level of football. The F-Troop have worked so hard to get a good reputation, we’ve got women, we’ve got kids, we’ve got old people, young people, we’ve got families here.”

In a statement issued this morning, the South West Peninsula Football League said: “The officers of the league are aware and concerned about the incidents at the Falmouth Town v St Blazey match yesterday.

“Our main focus is always that games are played in a safe and enjoyable manner for all, as such we condemn any actions that undermine that aim.

“We are in contact with clubs, the Devon & Cornwall Police and the Cornwall County FA.

“Action against individuals/clubs are up to the respective authorities.

“We strive to ensure lessons are learnt and to ensure watching games is an enjoyable experience for all our communities.”

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