York City say an investigation is underway into what they described as shocking scenes involving fans and the police at the game yesterday (Saturday).
City fans have complained about heavy handed policing around the match at Hartlepool United, amid reports of officers using their batons to strike a child and a 67-year-old woman, along with police dogs biting supporters.
Co-owner Matt Uggla said on X: “Seen some worrying stuff about how the police treated York fans and it’s pretty disgraceful.
“A dog fully biting someone when all he’s definitely just trying to get through the station. Will sit down Monday and make sure we make a complaint. Poor from the police.”
Today (Sunday), the club issued this statement: “York City Football Club are shocked by the footage seen, and are very aware of events that unfortunately occurred, following Saturday afternoon’s fixture against Hartlepool United.
“We strongly condemn any form of violence, in any setting, from anybody.
“Further steps are now set to be taken to fully investigate Saturday afternoon, ensuring that the right measures are in place for the future.
“The Football Club will make no further comment at this stage until it has met with key personnel surrounding yesterday’s events.”
On fan forums, some of those who had made the trip to the Victoria Park ground to watch City’s 2-1 away defeat to Hartlepool said it had been their worst away trip of the season.
They alleged that children as young as 11 were struck by police and were left terrified. Another reported a woman aged 67 was left with a nose bleed after a baton strike.
Some Hartlepool fans were fighting, it is claimed. Others said the behaviour of some City fans was poor too.
There are also claims there were significant problems with the ticketing for the away support, with some City fans arriving to find their seats already taken.
Hartlepool United and Cleveland Police have yet to make statements about the events.