Police injured after missiles thrown before Villa-Legia game

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At least three officers have been injured during clashes outside Villa Park

By Maisie Olah

BBC News, West Midlands

At least three police officers have been injured during disorder ahead of Aston Villa's game with Legia Warsaw in Birmingham.

Villa are hosting the Polish side in their Europa Conference League tie.

West Midlands Police said fans of the Polish side were not being allowed into the stadium after objects were thrown at officers.

The force is urged people to avoid Witton Lane if possible.

Aston Villa said supporters who had tickets for R block had to access the stadium via the Upper North (T Block turnstiles) and were directed by AVFC Staff.

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Riot police were outside Villa after missiles were launched at officers

Earlier Legia hit out at Villa publicly for what the described as restrictions on the number of tickets for away fans.

Witnesses on X, formerly known as Twitter, said they had seen several people be arrested outside the stadium and areas of Villa Park had been damaged with various items being thrown.

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West Midlands Police said away fans had not been allowed into the stadium

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