Man in hospital with facial injuries in Welwyn Garden City football brawl
PUBLISHED: 17:14 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:14 13 July 2018
There were violent scenes in Welwyn Garden City after England exited the World Cup on Wednesday night.
A video taken by an onlooker shows shows a man wielding a chair among a chaotic crowd outside Welwyn Garden City Football and Social Club.
A man is also shown on the ground being beaten.
The man was taken to Lister hospital with facial injuries, reported to be a broken jaw and a broken eye socket.
Police were called at 11.08pm, but the scene had cleared by the time they arrived.
Ron Oliver, club secretary, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that some of the people had arrived after the game from a different pub.
“It wasn’t really a fight, it was more of a storm in a teacup.
“To my understanding there were some racist remarks.
“So there was a little bit of a scuffle and then it quietened down.”
The club is assisting the police’s enquiries by sharing CCTV video of the incident. “We’re doing everything within our power to ensure we’ve done everything correctly,” said Ron, who explained that they closed the bar directly.
The club, operating under FA rules, hires security during home games, and had been looking forward to a trouble-free World Cup.
“The whole England campaign we’ve had absolutely magnificent days here.
“This is a family friendly club at the end of the day, we do everything we possibly can to ensure everything is in place.”
Police have since contacted the man who was assaulted, and are making ongoing enquiries to locate and identify those involved.
A spokesperson said: “Officers are aware of a video of the incident and enquiries are on-going to identify and locate those involved.
“Anyone with information can contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 984 of July 11, or report information online at https://www.herts.police.uk/Report.”