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Fans clash with the police and one man seems to suffer head injury for the Crystal Palace competition

Fans clash with the police for Brighton against Crystal Palace while a fan seems to be treated for a head wound while lying on the sidewalk

  • Fans were involved in clashes with the police prior to the Brighton game with Palace
  • The incident occurred near the Brighton clock tower before 12:30
  • One man seemed to sustain a head injury and was maintained on the sidewalk

Football fans were involved in violent clashes with the police prior to the Crystal Palace match in Brighton on Saturday.

Photographs of the incident that took place near the Brighton clock tower have come to the fore, and a man appears to be suffering a head injury as tensions rise before the game.

The fight demanded that the man be treated on the sidewalk, with the police trying to keep the peace.

Reportedly, football fans clashed with the police prior to the Brighton Palace match with Crystal Palace

Reportedly, football fans clashed with the police prior to the Brighton Palace match with Crystal Palace

A man had to be treated on the sidewalk after he had sustained a head injury

A man had to be treated on the sidewalk after he had sustained a head injury

A man had to be treated on the sidewalk after he had sustained a head injury

The fight took place near the Brighton clock tower with tensions running up the street

The fight took place near the Brighton clock tower with tensions running up the street

The fight took place near the Brighton clock tower with tensions running up the street

Although they are nearly 50 miles apart, the two clubs have a strong rivalry – and tensions increased before the kick-off.

The Premier League match was selected for television broadcast and a heavy police presence gathered in the Amex stadium to follow the crowd.

Police and stewards were also present at Falmer train station to prevent further collisions in the city.

The police were spotted in an attempt to restore order to the fierce derby on the south coast

The police were spotted in an attempt to restore order to the fierce derby on the south coast

The police were spotted in an attempt to restore order to the fierce derby on the south coast

A heavy police presence came together in the stadium to keep the peace ahead

A heavy police presence came together in the stadium to keep the peace ahead

A heavy police presence came together in the stadium to keep the peace ahead

Both police and stewards were also present at a local train station to follow the situation

Both police and stewards were also present at a local train station to follow the situation

Both police and stewards were also present at a local train station to follow the situation

Both clubs are connected by the M23 motorway – which gave the long-awaited derby its name – and the interior is notoriously important for both sets of supporters.

The rivalry is thought to date back to the 1976-77 campaign, when Brighton and Palace faced each other five times and uncomfortable scenes at Stamford Bridge fed the grudge.

To add extra spice to Saturday’s match, both Palace and Brighton are just above the relegation zone and compete to maintain their Premier League status.

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