Port Vale Checkatrade clash with Stoke ends in violence and 11 arrests

Port Vale Checkatrade clash with Stoke ends in violence and 11 arrests

On Tuesday night, Stoke and Port Vale fans did their best to reenact those surly scenes, at one of the rarest derbies in English football - known locally as the "Potteries derby" - in the U21 EPL Checkatrade Trophy second round.

Two men have been charged following violent scenes at the Port Vale vs Stoke City Checkatrade Trophy match on Tuesday night.

More than 150 officers were deployed and they used public order tactics in a bid to restore peace, but were targeted with coins and flares thrown from the terraces in response.

"My officers have shown bravery and dedication tonight and the support from stewards and partners has been first class in ensuring that those intent on fighting each other were unable to do so".

"Where this behaviour involved so-called supporters of Stoke City we will be working closely with Staffordshire Police and Port Vale to bring the culprits to justice", he said.

Staffordshire Police reported "considerable damage" while pubs in the Burslem area closed early in an effort to avoid clashes.

It ended 4-0 to Port Vale, although the violence will likely outlast the result in the memories of those who were there.

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The two cross-town clubs have not met in 16 years as Port Vale play in League Two, England's fourth tier and a couple of divisions below Championship side Stoke. Some of the away fans clearly came simply to cause trouble.

"You could hear them chanting and screaming as they were coming up the road".

"Dozens of seats have been wrecked".

It was perhaps symptomatic of a bad-tempered affair on and off the pitch, with Staffordshire police saying today that eleven arrest - and counting - have been made after some "despicable behaviour" unfolded at the event.

The Sky Bet League Two club say repairs have begun at their ground, and they fully expect the next home game against Cheltenham to go ahead a week on Saturday.

11 people have been arrested after parts of a football stadium were damaged last night (4th December).

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