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Club Statement

4 September 2013

Vale officials meet with Staffordshire Police

Port Vale Chairman, Norman Smurthwaite, along with club officials has met with senior officers from Staffordshire Police.

The meeting was jointly called to discuss disturbances which took place after last Saturday’s fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers, resulting in 23 arrests.

Mr Smurthwaite said: “The meeting was frank, but very constructive on both sides. The Football Association had appointed one of their own inspectors to be present at the game and he was extremely pleased with the club and police operation at the stadium.

“We have seen evidence of the attempts by a mindless minority to engage in violent disorder, who, when prevented from getting close to visiting supporters, turned their aggression towards police officers who were on duty in Hamil Road.

“Discussions took place regarding reports of innocent bystanders getting caught up in the violence.

“We are assured that all complaints will be fully investigated by Staffordshire Police in a fully transparent manner.”

Last night’s fixture against Bury went ahead with no police presence, as do the majority of our club’s fixtures.

Mr. Smurthwaite continued: “I say to those people who have used the club as a vehicle to engage in violence, you are not true supporters, otherwise you would not bring the club’s name into disrepute. To the vast majority of loyal Vale fans – thank you for your support.”

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