Stoke City hooligans damage 200 seats in Port Vale away stand

According to reports, Port Vale ground staff have estimated that around 200 seats were damaged in last night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Stoke City U21.

A portion of the away support threw items onto the pitch which included parts of the plastic seating in the away stand.

Hooligans also threw flares, damaged toilets and smashed windows around the stadium.

The Sentinel newspaper reports that Port Vale staff have estimated that around 200 of the 4,500 seats in the Hamil Road stand were damaged.

Reaction

“The actions of a minority of the crowd at last night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Port Vale were deplorable. Where this behaviour involved so-called supporters of Stoke City we will be working closely with Staffordshire Police and Port Vale to bring the culprits to justice. We will be pushing for anyone found guilty of disorder on the night to be handed a lengthy football banning order…”

A Stoke City spokesperson

“It was a minority of the 7,900 who attended that soured this game and to thank both sets of “real” supporters who aided Staffordshire Police and club staff by behaving responsibly in and around the ground…”

Staffordshire Police Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones

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