13 rival fans arrested as fighting flares outside pub. #NFFC #DCFC #Nottingham

CUSTOMERS and staff were barricaded in a pub after a fight broke out between rival football fans.

More than 30 Derby County and Nottingham Forest fans clashed outside the Festival Inn, in Trowell, on Saturday evening.

Police say the Derby fans were holding bottles and glasses as they left the pub, and a fight began, with 13 people arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

It followed the 12.15pm clash between the East Midlands rivals on Saturday which Forest won 1-0.

Superintendent Mark Holland, in charge of policing at the game, said: “These are 13 further arrests that took place much later on in the evening. It was three hours after the game finished. There’s been a get-together between Forest and Derby hooligan groups.

“We think between 30 and 40 lads were involved in total. We had stood down most of the resources for the football.”

Superintendent Holland added: “We’re trying to establish what happened. Whether it’s an organised meeting or whether it was spontaneous.

“I think Derby (the group of their fans) were already in the pub and left the pub with bottles and glasses in their hands.

“A group of Forest fans appeared outside of the pub and some fighting took place.

“There will be further inquiries and arrests probably.

“There were some injuries but I wouldn’t describe them as serious. There had been a fight taking place.

“A lot of football hooliganism is organised between the two sets. That’s what we suspect.

“The vast, vast majority of them behave themselves and it was a good match.”

Officers made ten arrests immediately before and after the game, for other unconnected incidents.

Tim Smith is deputy manager at the Festival Inn. He said: “All we know is there was a group of lads come down here from the Ilkeston area.

“Apparently they were after a couple of lads dressed in Forest shirts.”

He added: “We shut the doors and kept the staff locked inside with any customers.”

Rita Kirk is the vice-chairman and general secretary of the Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Club and said she was desperately sad to hear of the violence.

She added: “It’s absolutely disappointing. There’s no need for it at all – there’s no place for that in football.

“Things have been very much better among football fans recently, we can’t condone this at all. I’m absolutely against it.”

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