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Five Widnes fans arrested following crowd trouble at derby
10:19am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
FIVE Widnes fans were arrested following crowd trouble in Thursday's derby clash at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Troubled flared midway through the first half when a second smoke bomb was let off. One had gone off before the match started from fans in the West Stand.
As stewards went to find the culprit, fighting started and police intervened.
Officers have confirmed this morning five people were arrested and have spent the night in the cells at Runcorn Custody Suite.
Police say they continue to be questioned.
Following the incident, Widnes Vikings RLFC released a statement on its website saying the fans will be banned from games for life.
A spokesman said: "Sadly, a small minority of our fan base have once again brought the club into disrepute by their behaviour at the Warrington game last night.
"As always, the majority of our fans were a credit to the club and played an integral part in inspiring the players to a historic victory against all of the odds, versus the Wolves.
"I want to reassure our fans that the club will not rest until this minority of individuals are routed out of our club, and banned for life.
"We have now opened another investigation into last night and I would urge any fans who can supply names or information of those involved, to contact the club via firstname.lastname@example.org
"We will only end this unacceptable behaviour by working together, to name, shame and ban any individuals involved.
"What this minority need to recognise is that each time they step out of line, they damage the brand of the Widnes Vikings that we all work so hard to create, and also potentially expose the club to a fine from the Rugby Football League.
"Surely they would rather we spend our time and resources strengthening the club both on and off the field.
"I urge them to recognise that they have a role to play in taking the club forward as opposed to dragging it backwards.
"The name and shame campaign will be utilised so that the families, friends and employers of these people become aware of the inappropriate behaviour they are engaging in and the shame they bring to themselves and their club.
"In addition to the banning orders it is highly likely that some will also receive criminal convictions that will stay with them for life.
"I know that our true and loyal fans will support this name and shame campaign as they will not want our reputation in the game to be damaged."
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