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Football hooligans must face criminal charges and match bans, Rishi Sunak says after weekend of violence

FOOTBALL hooligans must face the full force of the law, Rishi Sunak has warned after a weekend of chaos. 

The PM blasted yobs who ran riot at FA cup games – demanding match bans and even criminal charges for those involved.

Violence broke out at the West Brom vs Wolves derby yesterday

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Violence broke out at the West Brom vs Wolves derby yesterday
One fan was led away with blood pouring from his head

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One fan was led away with blood pouring from his head

A “day of disgrace” saw violence erupt between fans at the West Brom vs Wolves clash on Sunday. 

The derby even had to be halted while police tried to break up fighting in the stands and stop thugs storming the pitch.

Mr Sunak’s spokesman said this morning: “Those scenes are extremely concerning. There’s no place for that kind of behaviour in football. 

“The PM believes everyone should be able to watch their team without any threats of violence or antisocial behaviour.

“And he firmly expects anyone involved to face criminal charges and to be banned from future games.”

Downing Street praised the “bravery” of cops and confirmed talks about clubs contributing to the cost of policing games.

West Midlands Police have said six people were arrested following the outbreak of violence.

The force said in a statement: “We have extra officers at this local derby and they responded immediately as disorder in the stands caused fans to spill onto the pitch.

“Five people have now been arrested for public order offences relating to the disorder in the ground.

“Another man was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon prior to the match outside of the ground.

“We worked with officials to get the game restarted as soon as possible. A man has been taken to hospital with head injuries.”

The FA also condemned the violence at The Hawthorns and are investigating.

Away fans infiltrating the Home end has become a growing problem in football.

Police had to intervene as chaos broke out in one corner of The Hawthorns, moments after Matheus Cunha had put Wolves 2-0 up against West Brom in the 78th minute.

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