A horrifying fight erupted between Manchester United and Everton Fans travelling to their FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley today.
A video posted online capturing the brawl shows at least three young men throwing punches in front of shocked onlookers.
The Everton fan who posted the footage captioned it ‘Manc bastards’ and the violence took place at Cannock services in Staffordshire around 11am today, The Mirror reports.
Staffordshire Police confirmed they were called to a disturbance at the services however when they arrived the fights were over and no arrests were made.
A spokesperson also said that officers had been patrolling the services for ‘reassurance’ as the supporters 57 coaches arrived through the day.
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A witness told The Mirror:
I saw all the chanting and made my way over for a bit of what I thought to be light-hearted banter. Before I realised what was going on it had escalated rather quickly and punches were being thrown
An Everton fan stepped in to try and break up the melee only to be set upon by three United fans who quickly punched him to the ground before stamping on him.
Meanwhile he said how another Everton fan shouted ”Stop there’s kids here’ with a United fan shouting back ‘Fuck off you Scouse cunt’ and then throwing a glass bottle in his direction just missing him and the child.
The dramatic footage shows, a man in a blue t-shirt has a man in a grey t-shirt brawling as a circle of fans watch on.
The pair throw a few punches at each other before a third man in a black t-shirt wades in and lands a huge punch on the man in blue leaving him flat out on the floor as the video ends.
In another video we see the trouble continue with another man in a long-sleeved grey top throwing punches at the man in the black t-shirt.
Eventually their fight goes behind a coach and they disappear as others throw bottles.
Even worse at one point we see a young boy in an Everton kit get caught up in the middle of the brawl but he’s thankfully carried away by an older man.
It was reported on social media that the man in blue was an Everton fan and that he later got back on his feet.
A witness said: “the Everton lad ended up in a bad way. I didn’t see the fight but I saw him struggling to get to his feet afterwards”
The FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United is due to kick off at 5.15pm.
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