Police upgrade Premier League game between Cardiff and Chelsea to top risk category amid history of violent clashes between supporters
- Struggling Cardiff take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
- A mass brawl occurred between supporters of the two clubs back in 2010
- Police have now upgraded the game to the highest possible risk category
- Around 3,000 Chelsea fans are expected to make the journey to south Wales
Police have upgraded the risk category for Chelsea’s visit to Cardiff to the highest possible amid fears of clashes between two sets of supporters who have a history of violence.
In 2010, the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation after an FA Cup tie was marred by a mass brawl involving more than 200 people outside Stamford Bridge. It was said to be between two rival hooligan groups – the Chelsea Headhunters and the Soul Crew of Cardiff.
Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between the clubs, South Wales Police have let local establishments in Cardiff know that the risk of disorder has increased.
Police have upgraded Cardiff’s game with Chelsea to the highest possible risk category
They have changed it from Category B, or ‘medium risk’, to Category C, which indicates ‘high risk’. There is expected to be a heavy police presence in Cardiff.
It comes at a time when there is a focus on football fans following the ugly incident involving Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. A Birmingham supporter was sentenced to 14 weeks in jail after he invaded the pitch at St Andrew’s and punched the player in the head from behind.
In a letter sent to one proprietor of a pub in Cardiff and seen by Sportsmail, South Wales Police write: ‘Please be advised that the police category of the Cardiff City v Chelsea fixture has changed from a CATEGORY ‘B’ to a CATEGORY ‘C’.
The two teams meet on Sunday afternoon in south Wales, with 3,000 visiting fans expected
‘This means the ‘risk’ of disorder associated with this fixture has now INCREASED. It is expected that around 3,000 away fans will be attending the fixture.’
Chelsea have beaten Cardiff three times in succession since their infamous FA Cup clash in 2010, which kicked off at 12pm on a Saturday. The Blues triumphed 4-1 before supporters clashed.
It led the Metropolitan Police to put together an investigation team, under the codename ‘Operation Turnhill’, and dozens were later sentenced for taking part in the violence.