Soccer thugs on the loose: Brutal brawl erupts at motorway service station involving Everton and Manchester United fans ahead of FA Cup Semi-Final
Coaches carrying rival fans had stopped at the same service station in Staffordshire and the soccer holigans ‘went to war’
Videos posted online show at least three young men throwing punches in front of shocked onlookers. Coaches marked as travelling to London are in the background.
An Everton fan who posted the footage captioned it “Manc b******s”
The violence took place at Cannock services in Staffordshire at around 11am.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police confirmed they were called to a disturbance at the services but when officers arrived the incident had ended. No arrests were made.
They added that officers had been patrolling the services for “reassurance” during the arrival of 57 supporter coaches through the day.
Footage of a fight believed to have taken place between rival football fans
Two young men grapple in the footage posted online
As the footage begins, a man in a blue t-shirt has a man in a grey t-shirt around the throat.
They begin to exchange blows before a third man in a black t-shirt wades in and lands a huge punch on the man in blue.
He is left flat out on the floor as the video ends.
In a second video, the victim looks to be unconscious with both his arms lying outstretched as others rush over to help. The trouble continues with another man in a long-sleeved grey top throwing punches at the man in the black t-shirt.|They disappear behind a coach as others throw bottles. A young boy in an Everton kit is caught up in the middle and appears upset as he is carried away by an older man.
It was claimed on social media the man in blue was an Everton fan and later got back to his feet.
The man in blue was left on the floor after receiving a heavy blow
It was claimed the fight resulted in “blood spilt”
The man in blue is left lying prostrate on the ground following the huge punch
Onlookers rush over to help the man who appears to be unconscious
A little boy was left looking terrified by the events and was escorted away
A witness said: “the Everton lad ended up in a bad way. I didn’t see the fight but I saw him struggling to get to his feet afterwards”
Another added: “At the services…..kick offs at Cannock….blood spilt!!!!”
The FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United is due to kick off at 5.15pm.
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