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Six arrested at Wolves v Blues derby

West Midlands Police have made six arrests at the end of the Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City derby this afternoon.

Police have said there was a 'small disorder' as fans were leaving the stadium around the Stafford Street area. This was quickly contained, an investigation launched and arrests were made.

The actions of a few should not mar today’s local derby. The majority of the day passed peacefully and successfully.

However, action will always be taken against those few who don’t follow the law. Our officers were quick to respond and dispel those intent on confrontation.

An investigation is now underway. If there were people who saw something that could help our investigation or who have mobile phone footage of the disorder then they should contact the football unit on 101 at the earliest opportunity.

– Chief Inspector Nick Rowe

No further details of the arrests are available at this point.


Birmingham City 'concerned' with stewarding and policing

A Birmingham City fan prior to kick off Credit: Scott Heavey / EMPICS Sport

Birmingham City Football Club has said it is 'concerned' with stewarding and policing following alleged coin-throwing incidents at a match this weekend.

The Football Association has launched a fresh investigation into coin-throwing after alleged incidents on Saturday between Stoke and Villa, and Birmingham City and QPR.

An object was allegedly thrown at Stoke keeper Jack Butland during his side's 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa, while QPR players celebrating Junior Hoilett's penalty during their 2-0 Sky Bet championship win over Birmingham were apparently targeted from the stand housing visiting supporters.

In a statement, Birmingham City FC said:

"We note allegations of coin throwing arising from the match at QPR on Saturday and we stress that the Club will take the strongest possible action in dealing with any individual found to have indulged in such a deplorable act.

"The Club also wishes to express its extreme disappointment that statements were released to the media during and after the match by QPR and Metropolitan Police without consultation with Birmingham City FC or West Midlands Police.

"A number of issues have since been brought to our attention from Saturday's match in regard the stewarding and policing that are of concern to the Club and our supporters.

"We read from the Metropolitan Police's statement that three men were arrested, one for pitch encroachment. The QPR supporter who walked round pitchside to confront Birmingham City supporters was, we understand, not arrested.

"We will be making official representation to QPR, Metropolitan Police and West Midlands Police about these issues in order to ascertain the full facts of Saturday's events and gather evidence.

"As a Club we abhor violence and anti-social behaviour at football matches and we will cooperate fully with the relevant authorities to ensure that the necessary and just punishments will be meted out to those responsible."

– Birmingham City FC statement

Blues sign Fabbrini on permanent deal

Diego Fabbrini playing for Birmingham City in April 2015 Credit: Nigel French / EMPICS Sport

Birmingham City have completed the permanent signing of Italian midfielder Diego Fabbrini.

The 25-year-old joins Blues from Premier League side Watford in a £1.5 million deal on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Fabbrini returns to St.Andrews following a successful loan period with the side last season.

The Italian first joined Blues on an emergency loan in late March 2015 and made five appearances.

Most recently, the midfielder has been on loan at Middlesbrough where he made a total of 26 appearances and scored six goals.


Teenagers arrested over alleged attack on football fans

Police made the arrests this weekend Credit: PA

Thirteen people have been arrested this weekend after a fight allegedly broke out before a match between Birmingham City and Derby County earlier this month.

Police were called to the Royal Telegraph on London Road in Derby just after midday on Saturday, January 16,

It followed reports that Birmingham City fans had been assaulted by a large group of people in the beer garden.

The people arrested are all male teenagers, aged between 14 and 19 and from Derbyshire. They have been released on bail while the inquiry continues.

Police are also appealing for witnesses after a family’s silver car was attacked at 4.45pm that day in Derwent Parade.

The driver gave way to some football fans crossing the road. As they did so, one man hit the bonnet of the car.

The driver got out of his car and challenged the man and an altercation took place which ended in the man falling to the ground.

The driver’s wife was threatened by the group and one of the crowd kicked the car. Another fan hit the windscreen of the car causing the glass to break.

Former Northampton and Birmingham defender John Roberts dies aged 69

John Roberts when he played for Arsenal in 1969 Credit: PA Archive

Double winner John Roberts has died at the age of 69, his former club Arsenal have announced.

The defender played for Northampton Town between 1967 - 1969 before joining Arsenal and played for Birmingham City between 1972 - 1976.

In all, Roberts made 62 appearances for Northampton and 66 for Birmingham.

He went on to play for Wrexham and Hull before retiring in the early 1980s.

Abercynon-born Roberts won 22 international caps and was part of the Wales squad which reached the quarter-finals of the 1976 European Championship.

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