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Seven arrested after football violence in Birmingham

Aston Villa's Emile Heskey and Birmingham City's Roger Johnson
Image caption The game at Villa Park ended goalless

Seven football supporters were arrested after violent disorder broke out at a derby clash between Aston Villa and Birmingham City.

One was arrested before the Premier League game at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon and has been charged with a public order offence, police said.

The six others were arrested during and after the match for offences including assault, violent disorder, public order and being drunk in a public place.

The game ended in a goalless draw.

Banning orders

The man who has been charged will appear before magistrates in Birmingham on 9 November.

Of the other six people arrested, one has been bailed and the others were helping police with their inquiries, a West Midlands Police spokeswoman said.

The seven included fans of each of the West Midlands sides.

Officers have been studying CCTV to find evidence they could use to impose football banning orders on unruly fans.

Speaking before the game, police said their recent experience managing other big events would stand them in good stead.

The West Midlands force policed both the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the city and the Conservative Party conference.

There has been trouble at previous matches between the two clubs. Six men are awaiting sentencing following disorder before and after the derby game at St Andrews in 2009.

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