BREAKING NEWS: Police probe after fans injured

POLICE are investigating after two football fans were injured at yesterday’s Hartlepool United match at Victoria Park.

The men needed first aid for minor injuries after the ball was kicked into the home end by the away goalkeeper during the second half of the 3-0 victory over Notts County.

The ball was kicked into the College of FE stand, known as the Town End, after midfielder Tony Sweeney scored Pools’ second goal of the game.

One fan was hit in the arm before it ricocheted into the left-hand-side of the head of another.

Both men received treatment at the ground from St John Ambulance medics, but did not need to be taken to hospital.

The incident sparked outrage from the home fans and objects were thrown towards away goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.

The game was temporarily halted while he received treatment after being hit on the head by one object.

A complaint about the ball being kicked into the crowd was later made to the police from a member of the public.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating an incident that occurred during the game between Hartlepool United and Notts County at around 4.10pm on Saturday, February 18.

“A football landed in the crowd and as a result a 31-year-old man from Blaydon and another man received minor injuries.

“Both received first aid treatment at the ground and did not require hospital treatment.”

A spokesman for Hartlepool United said the club did not wish to comment at the moment but confirmed they would be looking into the incident.

Sweeney scored twice and Andy Monkhouse got the third as Pools won the League One clash 3-0.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call PC Holly Angus, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency 101 number.