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Over 200 Middlesbrough and Sheffield United fans clash

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  • Children as young as 10 have been caught up in fan violence at Middlesbrough
  • Over 200 supporters of Boro and Sheffield United clashed following their game
  • Violence began when away fans invaded the pitch to celebrate a disallowed goal
  • Five people have been arrested so far and more are expected in the coming days

By Matthew Smith For Mailonline

Published: 19:00 EDT, 12 August 2017 | Updated: 19:00 EDT, 12 August 2017

Children as young as 10 have been caught up in fan violence following a Championship match.

Over 200 supporters of Middlesbrough and Sheffield United clashed following their game on Saturday evening, according to Cleveland Police.

Police say five people have been arrested so far and more are expected in the coming days.

Children as young as 10 are reported to have been caught up in fan violence at Middlesbrough
Children as young as 10 are reported to have been caught up in fan violence at Middlesbrough

Children as young as 10 are reported to have been caught up in fan violence at Middlesbrough

Over 200 supporters of Boro and Sheffield United clashed following their Saturday night game
Over 200 supporters of Boro and Sheffield United clashed following their Saturday night game

Over 200 supporters of Boro and Sheffield United clashed following their Saturday night game

The violence began after United fans invaded the pitch to celebrate a late - disallowed - goal
The violence began after United fans invaded the pitch to celebrate a late - disallowed - goal

The violence began after United fans invaded the pitch to celebrate a late - disallowed - goal

The violence began after United fans invaded the pitch to celebrate a late goal, which was disallowed, and then continued outside the ground in the car park.

Police and stewards attempted to keep order, however fans as young as 10 years old were said to have been caught up in the incidents.

A police statement also said an officer had to be taken to hospital with their injuries suffered during the clashes.

Police say five people have been arrested so far and more are expected in the coming days
Police say five people have been arrested so far and more are expected in the coming days

Police say five people have been arrested so far and more are expected in the coming days

Stewards attempted to keep order, however fans as young as 10 were involved in clashes
Stewards attempted to keep order, however fans as young as 10 were involved in clashes

Stewards attempted to keep order, however fans as young as 10 were involved in clashes

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: 'We will absolutely not tolerate violence of this nature and we will work to identify the offenders and bring them to justice. 

'The vast majority of fans accept that football is a family game, watched by children, parents and grandparents. It's terrifying for children to witness such violence, or be innocently embroiled in it as their parents frantically try to keep them safe. 

'Unfortunately a small minority of people behave in a manner which puts innocent fans at risk. We will be working closely with Middlesbrough and Sheffield United as part of our investigations.'

A police statement also said an officer had to be taken to hospital with their injuries
A police statement also said an officer had to be taken to hospital with their injuries

A police statement also said an officer had to be taken to hospital with their injuries

Middlesbrough won the game 1-0 thanks to Rudy Gestede's first half header at the Riverside
Middlesbrough won the game 1-0 thanks to Rudy Gestede's first half header at the Riverside

Middlesbrough won the game 1-0 thanks to Rudy Gestede's first half header at the Riverside

Anyone with information that may help police are asked to call Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Middlesbrough won the game, their first home match since relegation last season, 1-0 thanks to Rudy Gestede's first half header.

United thought they had equalised in second half stoppage time, but Chris Basham's effort was ruled out for a fractional offside call.

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