Police have arrested six people after violent clashes erupted between Leeds United and Manchester United fans ahead of the first Premier League game of the season.
Footage captured before the match kicked off showed football fans throwing punches, chairs and even bins at each other as tensions rose in the streets of the city centre..
The match kicked off at 12.30pm today and Manchester United ended up winning 5-1, reports Manchester Evening News.
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But video clips that emerged beforehand showed violent brawls across the city centre, with one showing a man violently attacking somebody with a bin.
A lone police officer was seen with a baton in his hand to disperse the crowd, while a man inside the Caffe Nero where the footage was taken says: “Good job we’re in here. Oh my God.”
A witness, who said he saw families forced to take cover from the hooligan down side roads, described chairs being ‘thrown’ and fighting. He said he later saw a lady ‘hiding’ with a pram from the fans.
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The witness added that children who happened to be nearby seemed ‘scared’ by what was happening.
Another video which appears to have been taken from a large block of flats shows police holding back a large crowd of supporters.
Greater Manchester Police said that despite “isolated incidents of disorder” before kick-off, the event at Old Trafford on Saturday passed “largely without police incident”.
Police said that six arrests had been made over the course of the day – five in relation to public order offences and one on suspicion of drug offences.
The force said that work was also under way in conjunction with football investigating officers from both Manchester United and Leeds United to identify people involved in other incidents of disorder.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison said: “Despite isolated incidents of disorder in the city centre prior to kick-off, today’s events at Old Trafford largely passed without police incident and I would like to thank the majority of the public for their cooperation throughout the day.
“Six arrests were made over the course of the day; five in relation to public order offences and one on suspicion of drug offences.
“These suspects remain in custody in cells in Greater Manchester for questioning this evening.
“Today was an important day for a lot of people with the return of capacity crowds at venues that have remained absent for such a long time, and I would like to thank the public, our officers and our partners from all agencies involved who helped make sure today was a safe and enjoyable affair for a vast majority of those concerned.”