Football fan in hospital after Blundell Park disorder

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Image caption Six people were arrested around Grimsby Town's Blundell Park ground on Saturday

A football fan is in hospital in a serious condition after being attacked following disorder at a match which left two police officers injured.

Glasses, bottles and other items were thrown after a pre-season friendly between Grimsby Town and Sheffield United on Saturday.

The 46-year-old victim suffered multiple injuries in the "unprovoked attack", Humberside Police said.

He was found by officers at 17:45 BST near Suggitts Lane railway crossing.

A spokesperson for the force said the man had attended the game alone.

He said: "He was taking his regular route home along the sea front, from Fuller Street towards Suggitts Lane, when he was attacked.

'Busy route'

"He is very slim and was wearing a distinctive anorak-style silver jacket and blue jeans.

"This route was taken by numerous people leaving Blundell Park following the match and officers investigating are keen to speak to anyone with information."

Four men have been charged with assault, affray and public order offences, while two other people who were arrested have been released on bail after the trouble in Cleethorpes.

Grimsby Town has said efforts to work with police to control disorder at the match "failed miserably".

Humberside Police said its officers were "brought on duty early to assist in the policing operation".

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