Sheffield United insist they will ban any of their supporters found guilty of involvement in violent scenes described by police as ‘terrifying’ following the 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.
The Football Association is set to investigate clashes between 200 fans following Saturday’s Championship match which saw one officer hospitalised as rival supporters threw bricks and traded punches, leading to five arrests. That number is expected to rise as the search continues to identify the perpetrators, after children as young as 10 were unwittingly caught up in the disturbance. The EFL has also asked to be kept updated with the on-going police investigation.
Andrew Birks, Sheffield United’s chief operating officer, said: “We will not condone this type of behaviour, particularly when the vast majority of our thousands of our fans attend home and away fixtures simply to enjoy watching the Blades in action. We are assisting Cleveland Police and others to identify the troublemakers and bring them to justice, which may include the potential use of banning orders.”
Middlesbrough FC declined to comment, but the club is expected to issue a statement on Monday following talks with Cleveland Police after sifting through CCTV footage which captured clashes both inside and outside the Riverside Stadium, where a crowd of almost 27,000 witnessed Garry Monk’s side claim a first win of the season.