Detectives investigating disorder following a Millwall v Everton match in January are appealing for the public’s help in catching those involved.
Officers have released images of 16 people – believed to be Everton fans – who they want to interview about the violence before, during and after the match on Saturday, 26 January.
In one incident shared widely on social media, a man was slashed across the face and required plastic surgery to repear his wounds.
Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson, from the Met’s Public Order Investigation team, said: “This incident involved some of the worst football violence we have witnessed for a very long time. It left one man with a life-changing injury to his face, and caused chaos in the streets.
“As part of this long and complex investigation we have trawled hundreds of hours of CCTV and taken dozens of witness statements. We have travelled across the country and worked with numerous partners in order to identify those involved. We will continue to work hard to bring those responsible to justice.
“So far we have made 15 arrests and interviewed a further 10 people under caution. All those arrested have been released under investigation while we continue our inquiries.
“We are now working closely with Merseyside Police to identify the individuals in these images, who we believe to be Everton fans. The public have undoubtedly helped us bring many wanted offenders to justice in the past, and we hope they can continue to assist us in this investigation by identifying those pictured.
“Anyone with information should call police directly on 020 8246 9386 quoting the image number. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference number 3003866/19 followed by the image number. You can also tweet police via @MetCC.”
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