Staff member assaulted at St Albans City FC match
- Credit: Matt Adams
Fans watching St Albans City FC's home game against Corinthian-Casuals were prevented from leaving the Clarence Park ground after a member of security staff was assaulted.
Police were called at 10pm on Tuesday to reports of a disturbance, and it was reported that a member of security staff had been assaulted.
A 22 year old man from Surrey - believed to be an away fan - was arrested on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and being in possession of a Class B drug.
Officers remained at the ground to keep the peace and ensure those in attendance departed safely at the end of the match.
One Saints fan said afterwards: "Cracking game but loads of police with dogs turned up at the end. York Road was full of police vehicles. We were all barricaded in and prevented from leaving. Everyone was totally confused as to what it was all about. Then the police escorted us out."
A club spokesperson said: "During the game, two members of the club’s staff were assaulted by fans, the police were called, and one arrest was made.
"Whilst this incident was dealt with, temporary segregation was introduced around the ground, to enable the police to identify and remove the offender and to keep all other spectators and staff safe. Following the individuals arrest, the segregation was once again removed, enabling fans to safely exit the ground at the end of the game.
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"We would like to remind all fans attending Clarence Park that anti-social behaviour is unacceptable under all circumstances and will be met with action from our security and stewarding teams. This could ultimately result in eviction from the ground or in this case police assistance and arrest.
"St Albans City Football Club has a zero tolerance policy towards anti-social behaviour, racism, discrimination, abuse, or harassment of any kind."