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.
Play suspended because a St Blazey fan has let off a smoke bomb before clashing with Town supporters.
— Matt Friday (@MattFri94) January 25, 2020
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.
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.
(photos by Paul Bowden on Facebook)
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.”
Fans gave their reaction after finding out that police were called to a non league match twice, see what they said below…
Rob, the sad thing is Falmouth have a good thing going, and several Muppets feel it necessary to use small acts to tarnish the many or provoke confrontation to build a negative reputation ………… #pathetic
— David Price (@Cornishdave1980) January 25, 2020
Yesterdays game on the pitch was perfect 5:0 great result,however the behaviour of a mindless few ruined the #FalmouthTown experience for young and old alike,I hope #StBlazey do the decent thing and issue bans to the idiots and police do their job.
— Brett Madden (@bret70_brett) January 26, 2020
That picture is disgusting. The banner is awful too @joecoops5 ?
— Jason Peters (@Jasa88) January 25, 2020
Despicable behaviour.There really are some saddos in the world.What possesses someone to wake up and decide to go on a rampage at a non league game (or any game).The F-Troop are great fun, I hope incidents like this doesn’t dampen their enthusiasm. @Falmouth_Town @swpleague https://t.co/lSuGYSiAIe
— Dane Bunney (@Bunneydane1981) January 26, 2020
What people who think this is a bit of harmless fun forget is there are people with breathing issues that are deeply affected by irresponsible dicks like this! We had one go off and I’m asthmatic, got a lungful and spent the rest of the weekend gasping for breath! Thoughtless!!
— Lord Darby (@DarbyLord) January 26, 2020
What is wrong with this. A fan has a smoke bomb and tries to make a decent atmosphere
— Chris Garvey (@ChrisGarvey13) January 25, 2020
Don’t see the problem myself with a bit pyro, it’s the violence that’s the problem. A lot of these people have been banned from attending their first choice club so rock up in non league.
— Rhodes (@rh0de5) January 26, 2020
Embarrassing yet again
— Mark pratten (@Markpratten3) January 25, 2020
One was let off in the clubhouse pre game as well and most of west Cornwalls’s police outside the ground post match, van, dogs, the lot
— Dean Plumpton (@DeanPlumpton) January 25, 2020
There’s always one twat?⚽️?
— tania semmens (@SemmensTania) January 25, 2020