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Fan arrested as Slovan fans swamp city centre ahead of Wolves match

By Marion Brennan | Wolverhampton | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Hundreds of fans from Slovan Bratislava flooded Wolverhampton city centre on Thursday with reports of clashes with Wolves supporters and flares being set off.

Molineux ready for the Europa League match against Slovan Bratislava

Police said one fan was arrested following an allegation of a racially motivated public order offence ahead of tonight's Europa League cup game.

However reports of a Wolves fan being stabbed are not true, West Midlands Police said, with Chief Constable David Thompson describing the Slovakian fans as "very good natured".

It comes after reports of trouble at the Red Wings Lodge, near Molineux, on Wednesday night when a flare was allegedly set off inside the building.

Wolves won the away fixture in Slovakia 2-1 last month "behind closed doors" under a Uefa sanction for racism from Bratislava fans, although more than 20,000 fans were inside the ground after under-14s were allowed in for free with one adult for every 10 children.

Some 1,000 away fans are said to have travelled over for the match at Molineux, with 400 not having tickets for the game which Wolves won 1-0/

West Midlands Police Force Support Unit tweeted: "Slovan Bratislava fan arrested in Wolverhampton following a report of a racially motivated public order offence.

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"We think he'll miss the match and possibly his flight home. #EnoughIsEnough".

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Marion Brennan

By Marion Brennan
@Marion_EStar

News and features reporter, specialising in human interest and local history stories.

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