Added on 26 July 2018 at 12:44
This morning we carried out a series of early morning arrest warrants in relation to trouble before Bristol City’s match with Millwall in London in April.
Working with the Metropolitan Police, we attended a number of addresses across Bristol after suspects were caught on CCTV and identified.
Eight people were arrested during this morning’s early morning operation. Another man handed himself into a police station. Those arrested are aged between 22-54 years.
We are still seeking information for an unidentified man we wish to speak to in connection with our investigation.
We would like the man or anyone recognising him to contact us.
The arrests relate to unacceptable behaviour that saw Bristol City troublemakers clash with Millwall fans at a pub in Bermondsey, ahead of kick-off on April 7.
Several people were injured in the altercation.
Inspector Rob Millican said: “Today’s actions are the culmination of hard work carried out by our football unit.
“Our officers were able to identify a number of offenders from CCTV footage and put together arrest packages as a result.
“Our message is clear – any football-related disorder carried out by local residents will not be tolerated even if those offences are committed outside our force area.
“We will work with our partners across the country to ensure those involved are identified, arrested and dealt with robustly.
“This incident was wholly unacceptable and was committed by those who use football as an excuse to carry out violence and disorder.
“We will now put these people before the courts. Successful convictions should result in football banning orders which will mean they will no longer be able to attend games or follow their national side abroad.
“And ahead of the new season, we urge all fans to enjoy themselves but we will not tolerate poor behaviour and any form of football related disorder or violence,” said Insp Millican.
There are currently 60 football banning orders in force in Avon and Somerset.