Five held after brawl erupts at FA Vase football match between Audley and Warstone Wanderers
FIVE people were arrested at a football match after trouble flared on the pitch.
Audley Football Club's FA Vase match against Warstone Wanderers had to be abandoned following the brawl on Saturday afternoon.
Reports suggest an Audley player was taken to hospital following the incident.
Cars were also said to have been damaged during the fighting, which started during extra time.
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An Audley FC supporter, who did not want to be named, said the brawl erupted after a Warstone player was sent off, and added: "There were a lot of children there. It should have been a nice afternoon out but it ended up being horrific."
Residents of Old Road in Audley were shocked to see around 10 police cars, a riot van and paramedics summoned to the club.
Mary Baskerville said: "I thought there must have been a really bad accident because there were so many police cars and two ambulances. It shocked me, it was really frightening."
Neighbour Dave O'Reilly, aged 49, also saw the commotion. He said: "There were police cars, paramedics and a riot van. I saw one man being led away in handcuffs."
Norman Gilmore, aged 37, who lives next to the club, said he saw blood outside his door.
Staffordshire Police confirmed officers were called to the Town Fields ground at around 4.20pm on Saturday.
A spokesman said: "We received a report of disorder at Audley Football Club in Old Road. Officers attended the scene and five people were arrested."
Club officials said they could not comment. Vice-chairman Kelvin Chell said: "The matter is in the hands of the FA and the police."