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Pic: Nine men sought for involvement in violent Old Trafford bust-up

SoccerBy Sunday World
The nine men being sought by police
The nine men being sought by police

Police have released images of nine men they want to speak to over a violent disturbance at the Europa League match between Manchester United and Liverpool.

Prior to the final whistle of the last 16 second leg tie at Old Trafford, a bust-up took place in the East Stand between a small number of home and away supporters.

The disorder led to a young child being caught in the crossfire and suffering minor injuries after being hit by a plastic seat thrown by one of the offenders.

A number of other incidents also took place before and after the fixture on Thursday March 17, said Greater Manchester Police.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Warriner said: "Football is a family event and the appalling violence that occurred that evening will not be tolerated by the clubs, the police or by the vast majority of supporters.

"A young child was hurt as a result of these mindless thugs, who paid absolutely no regard to the safety of those around them.

"A number of arrests have already been carried out, but now we need the public's help to ensure those people capable of carrying out such violence are no longer welcome at our football grounds.

"Please take a few minutes to view the images and if you recognise anyone please contact either myself or my team. If necessary this can be done anonymously."

Furthermore, two men have been charged with unfurling an "offensive banner" over a motorway bridge in Salford on the day of the match. They will appear in court later this month, police said.