This Thursday evening, while the Europa Conference League match between Aston Villa and Legia Warsaw was being played, three British police officers were injured during clashes.
Three British police officers were injured Thursday during clashes with Legia Warsaw supporters on the sidelines of the Europa Conference League match between Aston Villa and the Polish club in Birmingham.
The incidents broke out before kick-off, in a parking lot near the Villa Park stadium where Legia supporters were gathered under surveillance by the police. Flares and various projectiles were thrown at the police.
The match kicked off as scheduled at 9:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. GMT) but the parking lot reserved for Polish fans remained empty. In a statement, Birmingham police explained that they were unable to “let supporters of the visiting club into the stadium following the disturbances outside”. While law enforcement operations continued into the evening, an initial report showed three police officers injured.
Less than 1,000 seats had been reserved for this match at Legia Warsaw, whose supporters have a reputation for causing disturbances to public order. Several fans without tickets from the Polish club had announced their intention to still go to Birmingham, where an imposing security system had been deployed by the authorities.