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Centenary Muratti marred by crowd trouble

Centenary Muratti marred by crowd trouble

Monday 16 May 2016

Centenary Muratti marred by crowd trouble

Monday 16 May 2016

Jersey Police had to call in extra officers to deal with fan violence at the Muratti this weekend.

Up to 30 supporters were kicked out of Springfield stadium, and one man was arrested for refusing to obey the police. Officers say they will look at CCTV footage, and video shot on 'body-worn' cameras, to investigate exactly what happened.

The violence marred what was the 100th Muratti Vase final, which ended with Jersey beating Guernsey 1- 0, thanks to a Luke Watson goal. It was also the first Muratti final in charge of the Jersey side for the former Aston Villa manager Brian Little. The result means Jersey have won the title 53 times, to Guernsey's 45.

In the women's Muratti this weekend, Jersey beat Guernsey 9 - 0. 

A Police statement said that it was fans from both Jersey and Guernsey who caused problems, such as throwing plastic bottles and cans at each other. 

After the match, officers set up a cordon on the junction of Halkett Street and Hilgrove Street to keep the rival supporters apart. They later escorted the Guernsey fans to the boat.

Inspector Sarah Henderson, who was leading the policing for the event, said: “To see this kind of behaviour is very rare for the Muratti, which usually sees lots of banter between the teams but this was beyond that.

“It’s a shame that such a great community event can be spoilt by the disgraceful behaviour of a handful of people. They should be incredibly ashamed of themselves.” 

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