Soccer fans sought over violent scenes

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POLICE have issued CCTV stills of men they want to trace over football-related violence involving fans from South Yorkshire.

Officers from Staffordshire and West Yorkshire Police have issued images of fans they want to trace.

Staffordshire Police are looking for six men in connection with disorder involving football fans on Saturday, February 9, when Rotherham United fans travelled to Burton on Trent to watch The Millers play Burton Albion.

Police said prior to, during, and after the game there were incidents involving a number of Rotherham fans.

The first incident happened at 12.55pm in the Lord Burton pub between Rotherham fans and Leeds fans who had stopped off in Burton on the way to Wolverhampton.

During the game a smoke bomb and flare were set off by Rotherham supporters and fans were ejected.

Plastic bottles and coins were thrown at officials and police and after the game a small group of Rotherham supporters caused a disturbance in Rileys Pool and Snooker Club.

Chief Inspector Dave Bird, said: “This match was attended by around 1,900 Rotherham fans and those involved in these incidents account for only a small minority.”

Meanwhile, officers in Leeds have released CCTV images of a number of men they want to trace following a disturbance in a city centre pub involving Sheffield United fans.

Police said the fans stopped off in Leeds on Saturday, December 9, on their way home from an away game at Carlisle.

A fight with rival fans broke out in Spencer’s public house on Mill Hill.

Anyone with information about the Rotherham fans should call Football Liaison Officer Gary Lote on 01283 238259.

Information about the Sheffield United fans can be passed to DC 209 Andrew Smurthwaite or DC 2907 Michael Wimbles by ringing West Yorkshire Police on 0113 2414732.

* See today’s Star for phorographs of all the wanted men.