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Peterborough FC and Watford FC fans involved in incident at Yellow and Red Lion pub
11:45am Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
Trouble broke out between Peterborough FC and Watford FC fans at the Yellow and Red Lion pub before the home match on Saturday.
Police were called after problems started at the pub’s gate in Vicarage Road and two people were reported injured.
Former Hornets player Neil Price, who helps run the pub and was present during the trouble, said it was started by a group of Posh fans.
He said: "I was standing outside when it happened. There were around 20 or 30 Peterborough fans coming up the road and chanting - they were mainly young lads.
"They were going to go into the away area but then they decided to go over and start shaking the gates (of the pub) and a few started spitting through the gates and being obnoxious.
"It’s very brave, doing it behind a locked gate."
During the altercation Mr Price said a male member of the pub's staff was struck by something that came through the gate and later had to go to A&E.
A female at the pub was said to have been struck in the nose by an object that also came through the gates.
Mr Price said: "It was very much these Peterborough Fans being aggressive, vile and vulgar, shouting at supporters and screaming.
"There were lots of families sitting in the garden and the Watford fans reacted to it, which you can’t blame them for.
"These Peterborough fans did not come in the coaches they were not part of the official party.
"It was a lot of bravado from some renegade Peterborough fans, who had had a few drinks and saw an opportunity. But you are talking about 20 or 30 fans out of around 3,000 so it is a very small minority."
Hertfordshire Constabulary were called to two incidents at the pub. The first, at 2.30pm, was following a report that something had been thrown through the gate and then later to a report that a glass had been thrown from the pub.
No arrests have been made in connection with the trouble.