British police said on Saturday 46 men have been charged after “serious disorder outside” Villa Park on Thursday in the
build up to a Europa Conference League game in which authorities said five officers were injured.
“Of those, 43 have been charged with a public order offence, while two have been charged with assaulting police
officers and another has been charged with possession of a knife,” West Midland’s Police said in a statement.
The unrest occurred ahead of kickoff in a game between Aston Villa and Legia Warsaw.READ MORE
“Those charged are aged between and 21 and 63, and around 40 are believed to be from Poland. A small number are believed to be UK residents,” West Midland’s Police said.
Police said all apart from one of the men were due in court on Saturday and a special court had been set up at Birmingham magistrates court to begin hearing the cases this morning.
On Friday, Aston Villa said they had lodged a complaint with UEFA over the conduct of Legia Warsaw and the behaviour of the club’s supporters.