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Police intervene after clashes before Cardiff City v Bristol City match

By rebjo  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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A Cardiff city centre pub was forced to close after fans left a trail of destruction before the Cardiff City v Bristol City game this lunchtime.

Police led a group of fans to safety when trouble flared at the Great Western Wetherspoon pub, Saint Mary Street just before midday.

Tables and chairs were left overturned at the pub after rowdy fans, said to be Bristol City supporters, started trouble in what police are describing as an "incident."

Further reports on Twitter say football fans have been boasting about leaving a trail of wreckage behind. Other comments suggest there has been a riot and flares let off. 

The Great Western has since confirmed on Twitter that they were forced to close at lunchtime following the damage done to the pub.

Police have denied reports of a riot but declined to comment on exactly what took place other than to say they had acted to stop further trouble.

South Wales Police's control supervisor Mark Oliver confirmed that police had been called to the pub just before midday.

He said: "There was not a riot. We were assisting groups of fans. One of these groups was led through the pub after an incident."

Mark Keohane said on Twitter: "Well, the Spoons in Cardiff has been left in a bit of a state!"

Carly added: "Cardiff has been taken over by Bristol City fans!! Police everywhere."

An employee at the Great Western declined to say what had happened at the pub.

However on Twitter a notice was posted at 2pm today saying: "You may have heard about the damage done to our pub, we are piecing things together and clearing up. Will open again soon."

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10 comments

  • Hadoken375747  |  March 12 2013, 10:24PM

    I guess they must be angry they are on their way out of the championship after a gradual decline :) They are currently last in the league.

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  • Jon_tooth  |  February 18 2013, 11:01AM

    I am quaking in my boots.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  February 18 2013, 10:24AM

    Richie2803 and Jon_Tooth I am a football fan, I support the Swans, I have never been involved with the police. Yet, you two are suggesting that I am an in fact a thug, and that is libellous, which means I am well within my legal rights to take both of you to court and sue you for financial compensation. Given that the evidence is here in digital form, my case is all but 100% foolproof to be a win. Be careful what you do online, because while the compensation you pay into my bank account may be small... the charge for the court room put on you will be quite large. I would not hesitate to take two people like you to court because it would be both of you who would pay for it.

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  • Jon_tooth  |  February 18 2013, 9:45AM

    Lol @ DavidF1, kicking off in order to prove footie fans don't kick off.

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  • Davidf1  |  February 17 2013, 8:30PM

    what do you mean by that comment richie2803 , i'm a football fan ????

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  • Davidf1  |  February 17 2013, 8:29PM

    how is it typical richie2803 ?????

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  • Lezz_T  |  February 17 2013, 5:49PM

    Bristol City fans did the same in The Potters Wheel a fer years back before playing the Swans.

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  • chelsea1955  |  February 16 2013, 7:20PM

    yobbos, thugs lock them all up in a FIVE STAR HOTEL (prison)

  • DAC006  |  February 16 2013, 6:15PM

    I was in the Great Western at 0930 with my wife and 2 kids (3 and 7 years old) We'd just ordered breakfast when the pub filled and I mean filled with Bristol city fans. Apparently it was designated the pub that Bristol fans had to go to in the City Centre with police outside and 100s of police at Cardiff Central. They started off with probably their usual songs and chants along with God save the Queen and En-ger-land En-ger-land... it was ok until the bad language kicked in when it was time to rush down our breakfast and squeeze our way out of the pub - to be fair the fans made way for us to get out but chants of "Burn the Welsh flags and lets go ####ing mental" was a bit worrying. When we came back past at 1330 we noticed the info in the window 'due to unforseen circumstances the pub is closed and will be open again later today'... revenue from the fans drinking is one thing but 1/2 a day or more closed as the fans apparently wrecked the place isnt worth it....Feel sorry for the staff. If it had been rugby we'd not have seen hardly any Police (££££££) and fans would have mixed with some healthy banter.. Football fans want to grow up I dont understand their mentality .. Cardiff fans are just as bad as they've caused havoc in Bristol in the past.. probably a minority but easily kicked off as whats started by a numb minded minority makes other normal peoples blood boil.... Mine was heating up hearing the anti Welsh songs and the bad language as I'm sat there with my kids.. Sad Individuals. Would have been nice to have been told at the door that it was a Bristol city designated pub for the morning by staff or the Police as we wouldnt have gone in there with our kids :~(

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  • richie2803  |  February 16 2013, 2:13PM

    Typical football mentality!!!

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