Police condemn unacceptable behaviour of a “significant section” of away fans

Staffordshire Police have said “the behaviour of a significant section of those in the away stand was unacceptable” after violence flared during Port Vale’s 4-0 win over Stoke City U21.

The match drew Vale’s biggest crowd of the season with nearly 4,000 in the away stand throughout the game.

We are taking this very seriously and I expect there to be more arrests in the coming days as we examine CCTV coverage and gather evidence of the crimes committed…

Superintendent Ricky Fields told the media: “The behaviour of a significant section of those in the away stand was unacceptable and I would like to reassure the local community that we will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.’

“This was the biggest policing operation for a football match in Stoke-on-Trent for more than 10 years.

“We are taking this very seriously and I expect there to be more arrests in the coming days as we examine CCTV coverage and gather evidence of the crimes committed.”

Police said there were eleven arrests of men aged 18 to 61 while a steward was hurt during the game.

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