Three ‘Wombles’ fans arrested for public order offences while supporters trash toilets and seats inside stadium:mk
AFC Wimbledon fans damaged seating, toilets and refreshment facilities as their side were knocked out of the FA Cup yesterday.
Three supporters of the London club were also arrested and hit with fixed penalty notices for offences before and after the game against arch-rivals MK Dons.
It was the first time the two clubs had met, with tension running high throughout the day.
Both sets of fans were guilty of invading the pitch when their sides scored; AFC fans after Jack Midson had equalised in the second half and the home support following Jon Otsemobor’s stoppage time winner.
Thames Valley Police confirmed the arrests after originally announcing them on its Twitter feed, @tvp_mk.
Police said they came despite the ‘vast majority’ of fans being very well behaved and supportive of their policing operation.
Two AFC Wimbledon fans were arrested away from stadium:mk after the game. A further AFC fan had been arrested before the match.
All three arrests related to public order offences and the supporters were all given fixed penalty notices and fined.
MK Dons have spoken to AFC regarding damage caused to the stadium during the game.
A spokesman told the Citizen: “Unfortunately a small minority of away fans caused some damage to the supporters’ seating, toilet and refreshment facilities in the North Stand at stadium:mk.
“While we are extremely disappointed with the damage caused, it should not deflect from the thousands of football fans who behaved impeccably and enjoyed the newest rivalry in football in good spirit.”
The two clubs are liaising to see how the repairs will be paid.
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