Police are appealing for help in identifying 16 men they would like to speak to in connection with disorder that took place during the Hull City v Sheffield United, FA Cup Semi Final on Sunday, 13 April at Wembley Stadium. Violence erupted amongst Sheffield United supporters during the second half of the game in two separate brawls. Fighting broke out between a group of men in the upper tier of the south west stand. One man was injured when he was attacked by one of the suspects and bundled over several rows of seating. Another man who came over to help the victim was viciously assaulted.The second fight occurred in the first tier of the north west stand just five minutes later when a man appeared to spit at stewards, as they escorted a disorderly supporter from the stadium. This led to a confrontation between two men, which rapidly escalated into fighting amongst a larger group.
– Detective Inspector Dave Birrell from the Met’s Public Order Investigations Team
These incidents quickly escalated from verbal disagreements into a full on fight, with several men throwing punches and kicking out. Football is a family game, children are often inside the ground, and violence like this is wholly unacceptable. We will pursue those responsible and we will bring them to justice.We are keen to hear from any Sheffield United supporters that were sat near either of these incidents and recognise any of the men pictured.”
Anyone who is able to identify any of the images below is asked to contact officers from Operation Arrowtip on 020 8246 9386.
Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.