Legia Warsaw fans clash with police in Europa League game against Leicester City: 12 police injured

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Leicester City would eventually win the game 3-1 but chaos reigned in the stands as a dozen police officers were injured by the unruly fans.

Police clash with Legia Warszawa fans during the UEFA Europa League Group C game between Leicester City and Legia Warszawa
© (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)Police clash with Legia Warszawa fans during the UEFA Europa League Group C game between Leicester City and Legia Warszawa

In the field Leicester city do a short job of Legia Warsaw beat the Polish team 3-1 with 3 goals in the first half. The result put the Foxes in first place in their Europa League group, while Legia Warsaw are bottom.

Off the pitch it was a different matter, as traveling Legia Warsaw supporters filled their section of the King Power Stadium with flares and chants, an image of English football in the late 1980s.

Legia Warsaw fans lit flares during the second half and broke through the perimeter allowed for traveling supporters and the result was a clash with police. The incident left 12 police officers injured and seven arrests were made.

Video of clashes between police and Legia Warsaw fans

Leicestershire Police intercepted the fans as they attempted to cross the tarpaulins, one fan actually crossed the permitted area and ran straight in the direction of the police, only to be slapped with a baton on the back.

According to information from ESPN, one officer was treated for a concussion while another officer suffered a broken wrist. Julia Debenham, Deputy Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, spoke to the media after the events and said: “While I am delighted that our officers responded well and managed to contain away supporters in their section and minimize contact between them and the local public, it is extremely disappointing that a number of supporters took action. as they did and that twelve officers were injured during the incident,” said Debenham.

Debenham went on to state, “This type of behavior is not acceptable and we will fully investigate the incident in order to bring these offenders to justice.”

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