Match stopped at Southport FC due to disturbance as rival fans fight

Merseyside Police attended reports of a disturbance during the match between Southport FC and Blackpool FC at Haig Avenue on Saturday (2 July).

It was reported just after 3.30pm that the game had been stopped by match officials due to fighting among rival fans in the stands.

Upon the arrival of officers, there was no further disorder and fans left in an orderly manner. There were no reports of any injuries.

Merseyside Police is working with Southport FC to study CCTV of the incident as enquiries into the incident continue.

Chief Inspector Matthew Moscrop said, “Our message to the small minority of fans intent on carrying out disorder at any match is that such behaviour is unacceptable and will simply not be tolerated.

“We can and do identify those responsible for such incidents and can issue a range of sanctions, including Banning Orders.

“We will be working closely with both clubs to investigate this disturbance and I want to thank the vast majority of supporters who attended the game in good spirits.

“I would ask anyone who witnessed anything or anyone with information to come forward and we will take appropriate action.”

If you have any footage or information about this incident, please DM the Merseyside Police social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 22000466789.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at:


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