Quidditch game suspended due to crowd trouble
Posted on 18th February 2017 at 08:54
A Quidditch game in Scotland between top teams Gryffindor and Hufflepuff had to be suspended after violence broke out in the stands between rival supporters.
A Quidditch game in Scotland between top teams Gryffindor and Hufflepuff had to be suspended after violence broke out in the stands between rival supporters. The violence began in the 82nd minute, at which point Hufflepuff were ahead by 30 points, when Gryffindor supporters invaded the Hufflepuff stand and started attacking spectators.
Groups of Hufflepuff supporters fought back, including those linked to the clubs infamous hooligan wing, and soon fans from both sides were fighting with bricks, bottles and fists. The fighting lasted for 15 minutes before police reinforcements arrived, and another 6 hours before the muggle police worked out how to reach the protagonists flying around on broomsticks.
During the violence 28 people were injured, whilst police made 72 arrests including the leader of the Gryffindor hooligan firm, Professor McGonagall.
A spokesman for the World Quidditch Association (WQA) condemned the violence, which he blamed on a ‘tiny minority’ and promised ‘tough action’. However the spokesman did add that the violence ‘probably increases’ Scotland’s chances of hosting the Quidditch World Cup as WQA President Sepp Blatter likes to hold the tournament in ‘wildly inappropriate places’.
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