Violence after Bristol derby

Police made around 12 arrests after violence broke out after the Bristol football derby on Wednesday night. Mounted police were used to clear a pitch invasion following Bristol City's 2-1 win.

Bristol City manager condemns 'disgraceful' violence

Bristol City manager Sean O'Driscoll said that although the match against Bristol Rovers was "tremendous", violence which broke out after the football derby was "disgraceful".

Mr O'Driscoll added: "That's what people will now be talking about...players were disappointed as well. The game was played in good spirit, competitive but not overzealous. We wanted the supporters to act in the same manner but unfortunately they didn't".

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Mounted police pictured clearing pitch invasion

Mounted police were called in after a pitch invasion following Bristol City's 2-1 victory against Bristol Rovers at Ashton Gate tonight.

Mounted police respond to a pitch invasion at Ashton Gate, Bristol
Mounted police respond to a pitch invasion at Ashton Gate, Bristol Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Mounted police work to clear fans from the potch
Mounted police work to clear fans from the potch Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Mounted police on standby
Mounted police on standby Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Bristol City's fans on the right are kept away from Bristol Rovers fans by stewards
Bristol City's fans on the right are kept away from Bristol Rovers fans by stewards Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Police make 'around a dozen' arrests at Bristol derby

Avon and Somerset Police say they have arrested around a dozen "known hooligans" following violence atthe Bristol football derby.

Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters criticised a "small minority of hooligans" for coming to the match "with the sole intention of trying to spoil the enjoyment for the majority".

Three police officer were treated for non-serious injuries, she said.

Read: Mounted police quell pitch invasion after Bristol derby

Mounted police quell pitch invasion after Bristol derby

Mounted police had to clear Bristol City fans from the Ashton Gate pitch after violence broke out following the Bristol football derby tonight.

Bristol City's fans are kept away from Bristol Rovers fans by Police at Ashton Gate, Bristol
Bristol City's fans are kept away from Bristol Rovers fans by Police at Ashton Gate Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The fans invaded the pitch to celebrate their team's 2-1 over Bristol Rovers in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Avon and Somerset Police said around a dozen people had been arrested as a result of the disturbances and three officers received medical treatment for non-serious injuries.

As well as trouble after the final whistle there were also disturbances in the stands, and police in riot gear and stewards were needed to keep rival fans apart.