Two arrested after fight ahead of Wrexham’s FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of affray following a fight ahead of the FA Cup clash between Wrexham and Shrewsbury. West Mercia Police said they received reports of a group of men fighting on Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury at around 8.50pm on Friday evening.
Police said the group involved were "believed to be football rivals". Officers attended and two men, aged 18 and 36, were arrested as the group were leaving the area.
Both men were taken into police custody. Superintendent Stu Bill, local police commander, said: “Anti-social and criminal behaviour ahead of, during, or after the match will not be tolerated and we take a firm approach to anyone who seeks to ruin the fun for the real football fans.
“For anyone that commits a football-related offence we will look to apply for football banning orders which could prevent them from attending matches for a minimum of three years as well as other conditions, such as having to hand their passports in when the England team play abroad. There will be a large police presence around Shrewsbury, as we always have for high profile matches, to ensure the safety of everyone.
"If you have any concerns please speak to one of our officers who will be more than happy to assist.” Yesterday a Shrewsbury Town Football Club spokesperson said: "The Club looks forward to welcoming both Shrewsbury and Wrexham supporters to our FA Cup fixture tomorrow.
"We know the vast majority of supporters will come to enjoy the game and create an atmosphere appropriate to the occasion. Any behaviour that risks spoiling that enjoyment will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly."
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