“Youthful Football Enthusiasts Assaulted by Trio After Championship Game: Police Launch Urgent Appeal”

Joe Lee

Police are looking for witnesses after two teenage football fans were assaulted and required medical treatment during Middlesbrough’s match against Stoke City.

Last Saturday, Michael Carrick’s team fell 2-0 to Staffordshire at the Riverside Stadium in the Championship. Following the game, two teens, ages 14 and 17, were attacked by three males while they were with a grandfather.

The youngsters were both hit as one fell into a neighbouring car, and police have asked the vehicle’s owner to examine his dash cam while offering descriptions of the culprits.

Cleveland Police said in a statement on Thursday, “Police are appealing after two teens were attacked by three adult males following the Middlesbrough FC game against Stoke City on Saturday 28th October.

The incident happened around 5:05pm as two teenage boys aged 14 and 17 walked with a Grandparent towards the west stand car park at the Riverside Stadium to see the Stoke City players getting on the team coach.

They were approached by three adult males, believed to be Middlesbrough FC supporters, who assaulted both boys by hitting them. Paramedics at the Club treated both boys at the scene.

“One of the boys fell backwards into a black Range Rover which was parked in the car park, and officers would appeal to the owner of this vehicle to check their dash cam footage as it may assist their investigation.

“The first suspect is described as a white male aged in his early twenties, 5ft 11” tall, of slim build with dark ginger hair which was straight but curled at the front. He was wearing a dark green coat and navy jeans.

“The second suspect is described as a white male, early twenties, medium build and around 6ft tall with dark hair and wearing a smart, black coat. The third male suspect is described as white, 6ft tall and bald, aged in his early forties with a green coat and navy jeans.”

The match ended in a 2-0 defeat for Middlesbrough after goals from Michael Rose and Mehdi Leris saw their six-match winning streak come to an end.

That scintillating run came after a woeful start to the season where they lost five out of their opening seven games of the campaign. They now sit tenth in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Plymouth.

Following that clash, Boro take on table-topping Leicester ahead of the final international break of the calendar year. Stoke meanwhile sit 11th in the table.

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