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Names given in Uefa riots appeal

Suspects being sought by police
Some of the men being sought over the Uefa Cup Final riots

The names of 29 men suspected of being involved in rioting at last year's Uefa Cup final have been given to police.

It comes after images of 49 men were posted on the internet and released through the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Disorder began before kick-off between Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg in Manchester last May.

The resulting violence saw officers and supporters clash in the streets, resulting in a number of injuries and criminal damage.

After studying hours of CCTV footage, pictures of 49 people police want to trace were placed on the force's website on Tuesday.

Footage of the rioting has also been placed on file-sharing websites YouTube, Facebook and Bebo.

Don't forget - these people may have worn the colours of Rangers but they could be from anywhere in the UK
Det Supt Geoff Wessell
Greater Manchester Police
Greater Manchester Police said thousands of people had accessed the images and they had received information on almost 30 suspects.

Det Supt Geoff Wessell said: "We had nearly 66,000 viewings of the images and 76 online forms have been filled in by members of the public.

"There have so far been nearly 7,000 unique visitors to the site, which means it has been looked at by people on 7,000 different computers.

"In addition the incident room has received nearly 90 calls and, as a result of the public's assistance today, we have 29 further names.

"This is a fantastic start to the identity process and I want to thank everyone who has called or visited our website."

Det Supt Wessell urged people to continue to check the images online and help put "these violent thugs" behind bars.


CCTV footage of Rangers fans and Manchester police clashes

He told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme he was certain a lot of the people involved would be indentified and he urged anyone who recognised themselves to contact police or face a "very early morning" visit from officers.

The suspects posted on the internet were all involved in violent disorder, with some responsible for assault, criminal damage, looting and a variety of other offenses.

Det Supt Wessell added: "And don't forget - these people may have worn the colours of Rangers but they could be from anywhere in the UK."

An estimated 150,000 Rangers fans descended on Manchester for the final on 14 May 2008.

Rangers eventually lost the game by two goals to nil.

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