THIS is the shocking moment as a 50-player brawl broke out between rival soccer fans.
The violent row erupted after Saturday’s fierce clash between Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic in which Bolton were defeated 4-0.
Violence erupted on Greater Manchester’s main shopping street, despite an increased police presence, as 4,000 Wigan fans flocked to watch the game.
Disturbing scenes showed a riot erupting on Market Street with one man in hospital and two arrested.
Police officers handcuffed the vicious thugs on suspicion of a violent disorder, but they have since been released on bail pending investigations.
Innocent bystanders were drawn into the wild brawl, with one woman pinned against a wall while trying to dodge punches.
Councilor Arthur Price, who represents Westhoughton North on Bolton Council, was stunned when he saw the horrific scenes on social media.
He told that Manchester evening news: “It’s something we definitely don’t want to see again.”
“It’s just not acceptable behavior, it has endangered everyone on Market Street.”
“I watched the video, there are innocent people involved. I saw one where a woman was standing against a wall trying to get past.”
“I have to say the response we got from the police was very good. They got it under control quickly.”
Police confirmed they were called in response to the “senseless violence” that erupted among the despicable youths around 4.30pm yesterday.
A massive gang of up to 50 men were broken up after police issued a Section 34 dispersal order under the Anti-Social Behavior & Policing Act 2014.
As long as this order is in force, the aggressive fans will be banned from the area for 48 hours.
Bolton Borough Commander Steph Parker said: “This type of senseless violence will not be tolerated in Bolton.”
As police comb through every piece of shocking footage, an investigation has been launched.
“If it is found there is a link to the Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic game then we will issue freeze orders against the identified individuals and prosecute them,” added the precinct commander.
The North West Ambulance Service confirmed the man, who required medical attention, did not sustain any life-threatening or life-changing injuries.
This comes after similar fights between rival football fans were caught on camera earlier in the year.
The shocking moment when a mass battle ended with a man being beaten on train tracks went viral on social media.
The battle between Tottenham and Arsenal fans began at Finsbury Park station after the Gunners defeated their north London rival.
Meanwhile, a woman was beaten in another fight in which Greater Manchester Police arrested 11 people after violence broke out outside a pub in Bolton city centre.