Own goal! Soccer hooligans take over city streets before throwing restaurant chairs at each other in a violent standoff after heated match
- Police investigating violent post-match celebrations by soccer fans in Adelaide
- Horrifying footage of the incident shows chairs being hurled across the street
- Two Sydney men were fined for disorderly conduct and escorted from the area
- It’s understood the incident involved Western Sydney Wanderers A-League fans
Shocking footage has emerged of violent post-match celebrations involving soccer fans, which forced terrified passers-by to flee for their lives and a restaurant to go into lockdown.
Police are investigating the disturbance allegedly involving a large group of men throwing restaurant chairs in one of Adelaide’s busiest precincts on Saturday night.
Horrifying footage of the incident at the intersection of Bank and Hindley streets shows at least 10 chairs in as many seconds being hurled across the street.
Around 10 chairs in as many seconds were hurled across the street at a busy Adelaide intersection on Saturday night
Frightened restaurant staff locked themselves inside the premises fearing for their safety, Seven News reported.
The crowd had moved on by the time police arrived but they were able to track down two men allegedly involved through CCTV.
A man, 35, from Spring Farm in south-west Sydney and another man, 29, from Parramatta in western Sydney were each issued with $560 on the spot fines for disorderly behaviour and escorted from the area.
The men allegedly involved in the incident are believed to be Western Sydney Wanderers fans, who were celebrating their side’s 3-1 A-League win against Adelaide United earlier in the night.
The club’s official fan group the Red and Black Bloc stated on its Facebook page that the match was the group’s designated away trip for the 2018-19 season.
Two Sydney men were fined in relation to the ugly incident as police investigations continue
The city was packed with visitors on the weekend for the start of the month-long Adelaide Fringe festival, the world’s second-largest annual arts festival.
Locals described the incident as pure stupidity, reckless and ridiculous.
‘Of all the events happening in the city at the moment, it’s a pretty bad look for Adelaide as a whole,’ West End Association spokesman Andrew Wallace told Seven News.
Passers-by fled the scene and restaurant staff locked themselves inside during the incident
Footage of the incident continues to go viral on social media with one Adelaide Instagram page describing the incident as a production of ‘Chair Apocalypse’.
‘Hot from the urban slums of Paris comes this charming interpretive re-telling of the biblical – ‘end of days,’ the footage was captioned.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Western Sydney Wanderers for comment.
The South Australia Police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The group allegedly involved are believed to be Western Sydney Wanderers supporters