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Friday, 21 April, 2000, 02:28 GMT 03:28 UK
Fans charged after Leeds clashes
Fans and police
The clashes came outside the gates of Elland Road
Police have charged 14 fans after violence at the Uefa Cup semi-final between Leeds and Galatasaray.

The charges are for public order offences and for being drunk and disorderly. All 14 have been bailed to appear before magistrates on 4 May.

In all 23 people were arrested as mounted police tackled unrest outside the Elland Road ground before the game kicked off. The start was delayed by 10 minutes after the clashes began.

A coach carrying Turkish delegates had a window smashed as it approached the ground, and a crowd of fans jeered and chanted "scum" as it drove by.

Some television crews were also attacked and were forced to withdraw from trying to film the unrest.

Six people arrested for public order offences, including two Turkish men, were released without charge.

Three others, arrested for criminal damage and the theft of a car, may be charged later.

The smashed window of the Galatasaray coach
The match ended in defeat to Galatasaray, despite a spirited 2-2 draw.

The BBC said four of its journalists, three men and a woman, were attacked.

"Two reporters and two cameramen were attacked by a number of fans," said a spokeswoman.

"They had to be escorted by police out of the area, but were not seriously injured."

The unrest came despite adverts placed by the club in national newspapers, appealing for the match to go ahead without incident.

Mounted police
Mounted police were used to restore order
Galatasaray supporters had been banned from the game by Uefa, after two Leeds fans were stabbed to death in Istanbul on the eve of the first leg of the cup tie.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Garvin said he was disappointed at the arrests but pleased there was no serious incidents.

"There was a small outbreak of disorder prior to the match, involving known trouble-makers. Their actions were little different to those on most match days."

After the match there were disturbances at a pub in the Holbeck area of the city.

There was a small outbreak of disorder prior to the match, involving known trouble-makers. Their actions were little different to those on most match days

West Yorkshire police
Two police officers were slightly hurt in the unrest, at the Wagon and Horses pub, and police say a number of people were arrested at the scene.

Mr Garvin paid tribute to his officers and Leeds United officials for the way they handled a difficult situation. He also thanked the majority of supporters for "keeping their cool".

Police had mounted one of Britain's biggest football security operations.

Kevin Speight
Kevin Speight: Stabbed to death
More than 350 officers, some from neighbouring forces, were on duty at the stadium, in an operation expected to cost more than 100,000.

The second leg was played days after the funerals of the two Leeds fans.

Christopher Loftus, 35, of Harehills, Leeds, was buried on Tuesday.

The funeral of father-of-two Kevin Speight, 40, of Farsley, near Leeds, took place on Monday. Four men have been charged with their murder.

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