Hooliganism overshadows Oxford’s win over Brookes

Last night's football match between the Oxford Men's Blues and Oxford Brookes ended in a pitch-side brawl

Several fans were ejected following a post-match brawl in the Blues’ 1-0 win over Oxford Brookes last night.

Jack Witt’s goal after 75 minutes gave the home side the lead, before a pitch-side spat descended into carnage which the stewarding team struggled to contain.

During the first half, a group of Brookes fans were heard singing mysogynistic and sexist chants. Home fans claimed to have heard a version of Artful Dodger’s ‘Re-Rewind’ with the altered lyrics of: “Three, two, one, if a girl says no, molest her”.

And after a swarm of attacks from the hosts in the second half, which saw Dom Thelen and Mohamed Eghleilib come close, Witt curled one in from the edge of the box, and chaos ensued.

Following wild celebrations, a dark blue smoke grenade was thrown onto the pitch, and Brookes’ travelling contingent became increasingly vocal.

After a spat between the unsegregated fans standing pitchside, Brookes students spilled out of the small stand and moved forwards. Several punches were thrown by both sets of supporters as the fight spilled onto the Iffley Road pitch, as the small team of security struggled to contain the brawl.

Once the incident had calmed down, a handful of fans were ejected from the ground, while stewards separated the two sets of supporters.

On the pitch, Oxford did not let the trouble get to them, as Sam Hale and Alex Urwin continued to fend off an aerial bombardment from Brookes.

An Oxford Brookes spokesperson told Cherwell the university was “aware of reported issues surrounding the annual football matches which took place on Friday.

“Oxford Brookes takes the reported issues very seriously and will be working with the University of Oxford and those involved in organising the event to investigate what took place.

“The University has a clear Code of Conduct and appropriate action will be taken against any students found to have acted inappropriately.”

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OUAFC did not respond to Cherwell‘s request for comment.

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