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Football club to sue cops over ‘false imprisonment’ of fans

Bristol City fans
Bristol City fans

A Championship football club and fans are suing a police force, accusing officers of false imprisonment.

Bristol City FC and its supporters club claim that 51 fans were prevented from attending the away fixture at Birmingham City by West Midlands Police.

They say the fans were falsely imprisoned by police in Birmingham before the game on September 12 last year and taken to New Street station and put back on trains to Bristol.

Now the club and its official supporters' organisation have issued an appeal to fans who were among those sent back, to see if they want to join the group action.

Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust has claimed the treatment of the fans was "false imprisonment" and also breached the European Convention on Human Rights.

Stu Rogers, chairman of the group, said: "I was at the game and there was a high police presence.

"What is now very clear is that a number of innocent fans were rounded up, branded as hooligans and forced into a 90-minute march back to the train station."

A Bristol City FC spokesman also appealed for supporters to come forward.

"The dual purpose of bringing this action is to ensure that future use of these dispersal powers is not abused and to secure compensation for those affected," the spokesman said.

"We are interested in hearing from any fans who were innocently caught up in this, particularly any that were drinking in and around the Square Peg Weatherspoon's pub and then made their way on foot towards St Andrews from 2.30pm that day."

Birmingham City won the game 4-2.