he FA Cup derby clash between West Brom and Wolves was halted after violence broke out in the stands between supporters of both sides, with fans storming the pitch and players being forced to take their children to safety.
Footage shared on social media shows unrest in the crowd as about 50 police officers with batons and stewards try to hold back fans at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich.
West Midlands Police confirmed six people had been arrested following the incidents.
‘I’ve seen it bad, but never like this,’ said one lifelong West Bromwich Albion observer as he watched a man being led across the pitch, blood pouring from his face. As he was removed from the pitch by police, a group of fans appeared to repeatedly chant: ‘Let him die.’
At one point Albion defender Kyle Bartley was seen bringing his children – a young boy and girl – to safety as the unrest on the stands escalated onto the pitch.
Meanwhile his teammates anxiously messaged family members. There were unconfirmed reports players’ families had been spat at.
The unrest was reportedly started by Wolves fans celebrating the goal while they were standing among fans from the home side.