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Saints Preserve Us,Police are Doing Summat!!

Clarets fans who had travelled down to deepest Hampshire for the crucial match against Southampton at St Marys back in April were literally gobsmacked after the final whistle.

They were confronted by an unruly mob of so-called Saints fans rushing towards the away end chucking all manner of stuff before the Police stepped in after most of the damage was done. Yours truly saw coins flying through the air, witnessed a young girl bleeding from the forehead and saw my mate hit on the shoulder by some sort of smouldering flare.

Flares were being chucked into and out of the away end with Clarets fans incensed about the lack of control by the stewards and police.

Coughing and spluttering from the smoke of a flare, I thought it was about time I closed by open gobsmacked mouth in case I swallowed a pound coin!

On a lighter note if that's possible one wag said it was the first time he had come off a game in profit citing a 50p piece and a bag of oranges he had manage to salvage from the chucked missiles!

In the last Saints home game of the season, our 2-2 draw that day was of course enough to keep our play-off hopes alive but also condemn Southampton to a life in League 1 and not only that but our point also ensured that the Saints would face 2009/10 with a 10 point deduction following the parent company, Southampton Leisure Holdings going into administration. Yes, so Saints fans would be devastated but nobody can condone the actions of the moronic few who dare don the red & white stripes of a proud, famous club and call themselves fans whilst chucking dangerous stuff at the away fans!

What can you do? Well my mate (he posts on here and might reveal himself) holding a still smouldering, spent flare gave the offending object to the police after exiting the stadium and made an official complaint. He had another go at the police at the Railway Station who seemed oblivious to the fact that something had kicked off a mile or so down the road at St Marys.

We all left that day thinking nowt would happen and it would all be labelled as a footy thing with the police looking to catch some proper criminals like speeding motorists!

However the good news today is that Hampshire Police are looking for 11 Southampton fans in relation to the crowd trouble. The supporters (is that what you call them?) in question allegedly hurled objects and abuse at Burnley fans and were among the 1,500 people who invaded the pitch.

Match Commander Chief Supt Matthew Greening said:

'We are committed to identifying and bringing to justice those people who were responsible for violence and disorder. Our enquiry is aimed at sending a strong message to Southampton fans that we will not tolerate violence or threatening behaviour of any kind at football matches and we will act if supporters break the law. I understand it was a tough session for Saints supporters but the behaviour of a few 'so-called' fans immediately after the Burnley match was totally unacceptable and there is no place for it at St Mary's or any venue in the city.'

Brendan McGlinchey who is the Head of Operations at St Marys is quoted as saying:

'Southampton FC views these incidents very seriously and fully supports the police in this initiative. The club expects to issue a number of banning orders to those identified by the police during the course of their investigations.'

Well those are fine words indeed and if the action leads to convictions then we can all be happy. I do have to say though was there really only 11 in a crowd invasion of 1500, who have been earmarked for potential prosecution? I bet if 1500 broke the speed limit they would all be caught and fined!

Yes, I am angry!




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 9 2009

Time: 8:14PM

Your Comments

Oh well be thankful for small mercies I guess
turfmanphil
Glad I wasn't there, if for this reason alone. Find the whole thing bizarre and completely unnecessary.
BarnseyWTBM
I thought we kicked this ***** into touch in the 80's!
merlin
This kind of thing was regular a couple of decades ago but i thought those dark days were behind us,but with the club going down you will always get passionate idiots running amok! Blackburn playing Burnley at home with the Burnley fans smashing their own town up springs to mind.
8clarets8
This too from Southern Daily Echo: Now police have taken the unusual step of releasing images of all 11, captured on film on the day, as part of an operation to crack down on football-related violence. They are being backed by Saints, who say they will ban anyone found to have taken part in the violence. The supporters faces were caught on camera by Hampshire police’s football intelligence team who were working covertly at the match on April 25. Already this morning, three of the men have been identified after their pictures were published by the Daily Echo. Fans found to have thrown missiles now face being banned from all grounds as well as being fined up to £1,000 under the Football Offences Act.
turfmanphil
God to hear this Phil. I was at Southampton and it was a strange end to the afternoon. Never really felt threatened myself but there were lots of kids there with their parents and am sure they found it a bit frightening. Haven't heard of any serious injuries but hope those you mention have recovered now.
RickersTwickers
It was a little bizarre I have to say. I admit to finding it mildy amusing at the time because it was totally unprovoked - it wasnt until afterwards that I realised it could have seen somebody seriously hurt. The only thing I would add is, Will Burnley also be getting punished? Flares/coins were thrown from the Burnley end also ( May be in retaliation).
Claretdale
I was there, but in Row JJ, having swapped 3rd row seats, in response to an inquiry from a helpful steward, with an elderly couple who wanted to be able to see things better. I hope they are okay. I also hope that the Saints steward management and local police will have a hard look at their shortcomings that day. Being well back from where anything could be chucked, I had a reasonable view of the big picture. I would actually say that it is just about plausible that there were only 11 who acted dangerously or maliciously, while a larger number - on both sides of the rather feeble, poorly planned and too narrow security cordon - lobbed several open water bottles in gentler fashion... and the flares did get thrown back and forth. I am not saying anyone should have done that: just that punishment needs to be proportionate. It's also worth noting that I didn't see any trouble outside the stadium and walked to the station in peace. Sorry, I forgot... there were two supporters getting upset about a spilt ice-cream cone and a few police looking a bit like they were going to get a bollocking for having let this happen, and shouting in rather overwrought fashion to no particular purpose. Anyone heard anything about anything being done about Drogba's coin throw? Have Chelsea's lawyers managed to hush that up?
Couch Potato
I am glad i was,nt their...hope they get the *********s who caused it all. I mentioned before the coin throwing burnley fans at the cardiff game, I think we should clean up the reputation of the club from within.....Name and Shame fans who are involved in coin throwing, hooliganism.....there has never been a place for it in football
Cardiff_Claret
 

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