Footage emerges appearing to show police officer punching Slovan Bratislava fan to the ground during ugly clashes outside Molineux after Wolves’ Europa League win
- Ugly scenes marred Wolves’ Europa League clash with Slovan Bratislava
- A video shows Slovan fans moving towards a line of police officers
- One seems to throw punches while another appears to fall to the floor
- West Midlands confirmed that three arrests were made on the day
A video has emerged on social media that appears to show a police officer throwing a punch during clashes that blighted Wolves’ Europa League win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday.
The film displays Slovan fans moving towards a line of officers before one seems to throw punches on two separate occasions. One person seems to fall to the floor during the footage.
West Midlands Police said an officer had been assaulted ‘as officers contained the volatile away following.’
A video has emerged on social media that appears to show a police officer throwing a punch
Film displays Slovan fans moving towards a line of officers before one seems to throw punches
West Midlands Police said an officer had been assaulted during the incident on Thursday
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: ‘We’re aware of a video circulating on social media and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances. The force’s Professional Standards Department will be informed.’
West Midlands confirmed that three arrests were made on the day.
A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer and remains in police custody for questioning.
During the match a 35-year-old man from Slovakia was arrested on suspicion of making racial comments and is also still in custody.
A 38-year-old man from Manchester was arrested and later charged with throwing coins towards home supporters. He has been bailed to appear before court later this month.
West Midlands confirmed that three arrests were made on the day of the match
West Midlands also reported ‘small pockets of disorder’ in the centre of Wolverhampton but said there had been no serious injuries as a result of it.
The spokesman added: ‘There were pockets of disorder during the evening which included a group of away supporters surging towards home fans forcing police officers to intervene.
‘A review of the football operation on the day – as with any match which has presented policing challenges – will be carried out.
‘This was designated as a high risk fixture given UEFA had recently issued sanctions on the away club.’