A Queens Park Rangers fan was knocked to the floor next to the pitch at Loftus Road on Saturday after allegedly confronting the away section of the Loftus Road containing the travelling Birmingham fans.
On the pitch, it was a good day for QPR, as they sent the Birmingham Blues home pointless, securing a 2-0 win that saw them rise to 11th in the Championship table.
However, there were some ugly scenes just off the side of the pitch, when two rival supporters clashed during the game.
The QPR fan appears to approach and goad the travelling Birmingham supporters when one apparently jumps onto the pitch and confronts him, knocking him to the ground with a single punch.
Onlooking Birmingham supporters cheered in delight, before the dazed QPR fan was escorted away by stewards.
The match, which finished 2-0 to the hosts, was marred by ugly scenes both inside and outside the ground.
Police later confirmed three men were arrested – one for pitch encroachment, one for racially aggravated assault on an officer and one for a Public Order offence.
All have been bailed pending further enquiries.
A spokesman for QPR stated: “The club can confirm it is co-operating and assisting the police in their investigation in relation to the incident that took place when a QPR fan confronted a Birmingham City supporter in the first half of Saturday’s fixture at Loftus Road.”
“In addition, both the club and the police are currently reviewing CCTV footage regarding the coin throwing incident which came from the away end following QPR’s second goal.
The club deplores the behaviour of those involved in the incidents and will continue to cooperate with the police to ensure the correct sanctions are made.”
“Once both investigations have been concluded, the club – in communication with Birmingham City – will deal with the matter internally.”
Birmingham reacted angrily to the accusations, releasing a statement of their own condemning the scenes in the stands but also criticising how both QPR and the Met Police issued statements without consulting them:
“Birmingham City Football Club reiterates its zero tolerance policy to anti-social behaviour by supporters,” it reads.
“We note allegations of coin throwing arising from the match at QPR on Saturday and we stress that the club will take the strongest possible action in dealing with any individual found to have indulged in such a deplorable act.
“The club also wishes to express its extreme disappointment that statements were released to the media during and after the match by QPR and Metropolitan Police without consultation with Birmingham City FC or West Midlands Police.
“A number of issues have since been brought to our attention from Saturday’s match in regard the stewarding and policing that are of concern to the Club and our supporters.
“We read from the Metropolitan Police’s statement that three men were arrested, one for pitch encroachment. The QPR supporter who walked round pitchside to confront Birmingham City supporters was, we understand, not arrested.
“We will be making official representation to QPR, Metropolitan Police and West Midlands Police about these issues in order to ascertain the full facts of Saturday’s events and gather evidence.
“As a club we abhor violence and anti-social behaviour at football matches and we will cooperate fully with the relevant authorities to ensure that the necessary and just punishments will be meted out to those responsible.”