QPR and Leyton Orient fans have been charged with violent conduct after clashing outside a City of London pub at the beginning of the Football League campaign. The men – aged 18 , 22 , 26, 28 and 30 at the time of the fight – brawled outside the Woodins Shades after their sides' respective matches in August 2015.
Police were called to the pub in the Square Mile at 7.45pm on the opening weekend of the new football season to reports to reports of a fight in Middlesex Street. Bottles and glasses were thrown, leaving an Orient supporter with a cut to the head.
A member of the public was also injured by flying glass after the window of the Woodins Shades was smashed. Another Os' fan was kicked in the head, causing him to lose consciousness and suffer cuts to the left eye socket. He was taken to a London hospital.
Earlier that day, QPR lost 2-0 away at Charlton Athletic while the Orient ran out 2-0 winners against Barnet. A Queens Park Rangers spokesman said: "The club is disappointed to learn of these arrests. We do not condone this type of behaviour from any of our supporters – and we won't accept or associate ourselves with those who deem this type of behaviour to be acceptable. We will work alongside our colleagues at the City of London Police in offering any available assistance with the case."