Legia Warsaw fans in UK court for violence before Aston Villa match


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46 people have been charged by the police for causing trouble outside Villa Park before a Europa Conference League football match. The authorities said that five officers were injured during the unrest. The police said that 43 of the charged individuals are facing public order offense charges, two are charged with assaulting police officers, and one is charged with possession of a knife. The incident occurred before a game between Aston Villa and Legia Warsaw, which Villa won 2-1. Five police officers, two police dogs, and two police horses were injured during the unrest.

The individuals who have been charged are between the ages of 21 and 63, with about 40 of them believed to be from Poland and a small number believed to be UK residents. The police said that all but one of the men were due in court on Saturday, and a special court had been set up at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court to begin hearing the cases on Saturday morning.

Aston Villa filed a complaint with UEFA over the conduct of Legia Warsaw officials and the violence of the Polish team’s fans. More than 1,000 Polish fans arrived at the stadium but were not given their tickets. The Warsaw club had been upset that local officials required the ticket allocation be reduced from 1,700 to 1,000 in response to disorder by Legia fans at a game against AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands on October 5.

Legia Warsaw said that they returned the tickets to the host club due to the inability to authenticate and distribute tickets effectively. They emphasized that none of the individuals detained by the police had tickets for the match and strongly objected to being blamed for the incidents in Birmingham.

In a statement, Villa said that Legia Warsaw had been informed of the ticket allocation details four weeks before the match, adding that the Polish team’s officials had refused to confirm if they would accept their allocation until 4pm on Thursday.

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