Football thug gallery
Police investigating a mass brawl between Chelsea and Cardiff City football fans earlier this year are again appealing to residents for help tracing the thugs.

More pictures of louts who went on the rampage during the FA Cup clash between the two clubs have just been released.

Similar appeals have seen more than 50 fans traced after violent brawls before and after the fifth round tie between the two sides on February 13.

The violence began when around 100 blues fans gathered in the West Brompton area and moved towards North End Road where they split into two groups. Three coaches carrying Cardiff fans arrived before fights broke out in Fulham Road. Smoke bombs were set off before police were able to break up the crowd.

As the final whistle blew opposing supporters made their way to Fulham Road, close to the junction with Holmead Road. Tension between the two groups quickly escalated and police formed a line between the supporters in a bid to separate them. A number of Cardiff supporters broke off from the main group and cut down an alleyway onto the Kings Road, where they were met by a group of Chelsea fans.

200 began fighting with missiles, including road cones and bricks, thrown and with one police officer needing surgery after a facial injury.

Cllr Greg Smith, H&F Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, says: “The vast majority of fans who support or visit one of the borough’s three professional football clubs are good natured and enjoy a nice day out. However, these hooligans are the minority who give football a bad name and need to be caught. We will not tolerate this sort of violence in the borough and I would encourage anyone who recognises these louts to report them so we can get them in-front of a Judge.”

Fifty-one people have already been charged with offences including affray, violent disorder and GBH and have been bailed to appear at West London Magistrates Court later this month.

If you recognise anyone in these new pictures call police on 020 8246 2712 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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