Police appeal for identities after football match brawl

The clash was over a disallowed goal

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Metropolitan Police are appealing for information over the identities of a group of men linked to a clash at a football match.

Officers want help in identifying eight men in connection with the incident that occurred at a Crystal Palace v Aston Villa match on August 31 last year.

Villa was 1-0 down when an equalising goal by Henri Lansbury was disallowed by the referee at the end of the game at Selhurst Park.

This sparked outrage among a number of fans, who ran down on to the area near the pitch and attacked stewards and later the police.

The Met’s Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson urged members of the public with information to help with enquiries.

He said: “People go to football matches for a good time, not to witness or experience violence.

“It is unacceptable that this happened and with the public’s help we can find those who were prepared to behave in this way."

The force said a number of individuals have already been arrested but they still wish to speak to the eight men pictured above.

Anyone with information should contact police on 020 824 69386 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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