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Appeal over crowd trouble at Salford's Million Pound Game

Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are appealing for more information on the crowd trouble that marred Salford's Million Pound Rugby League Game at the weekend.

Two men were arrested in the aftermath of Salford's dramatic 19-18 victory over Hull KR at Craven Park which ensured they remain in Super League at the expense of their hosts.

Fans had to be cleared from the pitch at the end of 80 minutes to allow extra time to be played and stewards and police officers had to intervene to break up violent clashes between rival fans following another invasion after the final whistle.

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Police made one arrest amid the ugly scenes, while a second man was arrested on suspicion of assault following a further altercation close to the Wolseley Medical Centre near the Lightstream Stadium.

"Officers quickly dealt with the disorder following the match, bringing the incident to an end within minutes.

"Violence and disorder will not be tolerated and arrests have already been made in connection with the incident.

"However, we would also appeal for anyone with information about the identities of those involved to get in touch."

– Superintendent Tracey Bradley
Salford Red Devils' owner Marwan Koukash during the Million Pound Game Credit: : Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Salford owner Marwan Koukash played down the seriousness of the trouble in Hull:

"I ran onto the pitch myself.

"I wouldn't say I had the right to either, but I was standing with our bench.

"I saw bits and pieces of what happened but I was engulfed by fans who were celebrating our victory.

"The fans were wrong to run on but emotions were running quite high on both sides, I don't think Salford fans were the ones that started the fight. They had no reason to want to fight.

"I don't condone the actions of the fans running onto the field but it was an exciting finish to a rugby game and let's celebrate that."

– Marwan Koukash

The incident comes as Salford wait to discover their punishment for crowd trouble at the end of their Super League match at Huddersfield on Easter Monday.

"Games with so much at stake often mean emotions run high, but that does not excuse the minority of fans who behaved unacceptably following the final whistle.

"The RFL will conduct a full investigation into these incidents and will work with the police and club involved to ensure anyone found to have acted violently is dealt with appropriately and also banned with immediate effect."

– RFL Chief Executive, Nigel Wood

Marwan Koukash clears up his future at Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils' owner Marwan Koukash has cleared up uncertainty surrounding his future at the club. Speaking to ITV Granada Reports he said he will not walk away, even if Salford are relegated from the Super League.

The Red Devils need to win against Batley Bulldogs in their final game of the Qualifiers to guarantee themselves a place in the Million Pound Game with either Huddersfield or Hull KR.

The millionaire racehorse owner today clarified his position saying that if they fail to secure a place in the Super League next year he will remain at the club.


North West clash of rugby codes

Salford City Reds Credit: PA

Sale Sharks and Salford Red Devils are to play each other in a clash of the codes game for charity.

Sale Shark's Dwayne Peel Credit: PA

It will literally be a game of two halves with the first half with one half played to Rugby Union rules and one half played according to Rugby League rules.

The match will be played at the A.J Bell Stadium home of Salford City Reds, on 26 August.


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