Cumbria Police have had to make six arrests following a violent incident between football supporters after the Cumbrian derby yesterday between Carlisle United and Barrow AFC.
Yesterday afternoon at 1pm, Carlisle United hosted Barrow AFC in the Cumbrian derby at Brunton Park. Following the conclusion of the goalless affair, a minority of fans from both sides took their differences outside of the ground, forcing the police to get involved.
The Cumbria Police proceeded to make six arrests, including fans from both sides, after the game had concluded. Carlisle United made it clear in a recent club statement that “none of the arrests were made at Brunton Park itself”. They continued to express their thanks to fans who did not join the incident.
Chief Superintendent Matt Kennerley spoke at the scene expressing his gratitude to the fans who refrained from getting involved in the incident. He said “I’d like to thank the majority of supporters who were well behaved and attend the match free of violence and disorder”.
The cause of the outbreak could be due to the fact that a Cumbrian derby has not been spectated by fans in years due to the Covid outbreak. Home fans may have been eager to see Carlisle walk over Barrow, but after the game ended goalless, they proceeded to take out their frustrations.
The general public around Brunton Park who did not spectate the game would have seen an increase in police patrol around the ground to prevent any further incidents taking place which, to our knowledge, did not occur.
Without the violent incident, the game appeared to be a great day out regardless of the result. Fans of both sides kept their spirits high throughout the duration of the game and, with big chances at both ends, it would have been a brilliant game to spectate.