British police are releasing pictures of 49 people suspected of being involved in violent clashes that erupted after last year's UEFA Cup final in Manchester. Fans of the Scottish club battled with riot police in the northern English city after Rangers lost to Russia's Zenit St Petersburg in the May final. One Russian fan was stabbed, 15 police officers were injured and there were more than 40 arrests after street fighting broke out when a giant screen showing the match to thousands of ticketless fans in the city centre broke down. Police estimated around 150,000 Rangers fans travelled down from Scotland for the match and officers have been sifting through hours of closed circuit TV footage to try and identify those suspected of being involved in the rioting. "May 14, 2008 is a night when shameful violence marred what should have been a wonderful football showcase," Detective Superintendent Geoff Wessell told reporters on Tuesday. "We now want the public's help in putting names to the faces of the people we believe were involved in the violence. Those featured in the images were involved in violence ranging from attacks on police officers and property to general disorder." Pictures of the suspects will appear on a website being set up by Greater Manchester Police later on Tuesday.
27 January 2009
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