Police officer hospitalised in Leeds Championship celebrations

Monday, July 20, 2020

A police officer has suffered serious injuries in Leeds after an estimated 7,000 football fans gathered to celebrate the club’s Championship victory.

A huge clean-up operation took place this morning in the city’s Millennium Square, which was littered with a sea of broken glass, following the mass celebration of Leeds’ promotion back up to the Premier League after 16 years.

West Yorkshire Police said a female officer was hit by a bottle and taken to hospital with serious head injuries, while a number of other officers were also hurt along with 15 members of the public.

Nine people have been arrested for public order offences, according to the force.

Temporary assistant chief constable Oz Khan said: “Violence towards police officers will not be tolerated and we deployed an appropriate police response to ensure that the festivities concluded safely.

“It is important to remind the public that we must not lose sight of the fact that Covid-19 is still with us and that large gatherings are still not permitted.”

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani said in a virtual press conference today that fans needed to be more cautious.

“We need to be responsible. Everybody wishes to get together and celebrate and we would love to open the stadium soon.

“But if we’re not following the rules and we take this superficially this might cause more cases, more problems and then we might have to postpone what we want, which is to be back at Elland Road as soon as possible.”

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