Brawl breaks out at rugby league clash

A STAND-OFF between fans after last night’s Northern Rail Cup semi-final between Featherstone Rovers and Halifax led to a brawl breaking out on the town’s main street.

Police say fighting started in the car park at the Big Fella’s Stadium on Post Office Road and on Station Lane, where two groups of fans confronted each other on opposite sides of the road.

Supporters from both sides stormed the pitch as the final whistle blew in the clash – which Rovers lost 31-30 – and trouble then spilled on to the car park and Station Lane.

A number of people were injured as police dispersed the rival groups and a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

Insp Lisa Kirkland of Normanton and Featherstone Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), said: “It is important to stress that this incident involved a small minority of those who attended the ground, and we will now work with both clubs to identify those responsible to ensure the vast majority of supporters can enjoy matches safely.”

In September Halifax fan David Singer was left in a coma when he was attacked by fans after the Co-operative Championship grand final between Halifax and Featherstone Rovers.

Simon Riley, Rovers’ chief executive, said today: “Once again a fantastic advert for Championship rugby league has been overshadowed by a minority. The behaviour of those mindless individuals will not be tolerated. Anyone identified of being involved in fighting will be banned from the club for life.”

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