Suspect, 27, held after Everton fan was slashed before FA Cup tie at Millwall

Police probing the horrific slashing of a football fan before a televised FA Cup tie have arrested a 27-year-old suspect.

Everton supporter Jay Burns was left with a six-inch gash across his face when he was knifed during a clash with Millwall fans ahead of their 4th round FA Cup tie in south east London last month.

Police say the suspect was arrested yesterday (TUES) on suspicion of wounding with intent, attempted grievous bodily harm and violent disorder following the incident on January 26.

The 27-year-old was bailed to return to a central London police station on February 28.

Violence before and after the high profile tie was branded “the most shocking football violence” seen in years by Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson, of the Met’s Public Order Investigation Team, said:
“The disorder which we witnessed on Saturday, 26 March was absolutely shocking.

“It involved dozens of people and last for a number of hours.

“We are carrying out a large-scale investigation into the disorder, which left at least one person with a serious injury.

“We have hours of CCTV and hundreds of images which we are closely reviewing, and we have a team of experts working to identify those involved.”

He added: “In the very near future we will be issuing images of those we want to trace.

“We are dedicated to identifying those involved, and bringing them to justice for the chaos and disruption they caused.”

By Adela Whittingham

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