Soccer violence in London most shocking in years, police say
LONDON (AP) — One man suffered life-changing facial injuries and a police officer was hospitalized because of fighting between fans of two English soccer teams that police described as the worst to take place in London in years.
Video circulated on social media Saturday showing a large group of men, purportedly Everton and Millwall supporters, fighting in south London ahead of an FA Cup game between the teams that day.
London’s Metropolitan Police says the fighting took place over a number of hours and prompted the deployment of more than 200 officers. Among those involved was a man in his 20s who was slashed in face.
Matt Twist, the force’s deputy assistant commissioner, said the disorder “was some of the most shocking football violence we have seen for some time.”
Police are also investigating allegations of racist chanting that took place during the match, which Millwall won 3-2.