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Police release statement after Leeds fan assaults police officer at Middlesbrough

Police release a statement after a Leeds fan assaults a police officer whilst attending Middlesbrough v Leeds at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday.

Cleveland Police thanked the overwhelming majority of supporters who attended the Championship clash, which the Whites won 1-0 in front of 24,647, of that was 4,500 away fans.

The incident is said to have taken place in the concourse, with @granddayout replying to Cleveland Police: “Absolute rubbish he was in a queue for a pie and a pint in the concourse when police targeted him for no reason. He was with me and my son but this will go further.

Whilst no photos or videos has been posted of what went on, you can see just how busy it was inside the away end.

The full statement from Match Commander, Superintendent Sharon Cooney, said: “I would like to thank the overwhelming majority of law-abiding people who attended the game tonight, watched the match and supported their team.

“Inevitably, there were a minority of people intent on causing disorder and officers looked to deal with those sporadic incidents promptly, effectively and in the safest possible manner.

“Tactics including holding back the Leeds United supporters were utilised to minimise any incidents of disorder.

“Public safety has remained our primary aim during the planning stages of this game and throughout tonight’s match.

“One 19-year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and he remains in police custody at this time.

“Again, I would like to thank the law-abiding majority who attended the game and the supporters for their patience during the hold back.”

Police were praised for their fantastic operation making sure that fans made their way into and out of the ground in a good manner without any flare ups and fights.

Fans gave their reaction after reading the police statement and finding out that a Leeds fan assaults a police officer at Middlesbrough…

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