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Youth questioned after 7-year-old boy hit by flare at football match

The boy suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene at Barnsley’s Oakwell stadium.

Oakwell Stadium (file pic).
Oakwell Stadium (file pic).
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A 17-year-old is being questioned by police after a seven-year-old boy was struck by a flare at Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Hull.

South Yorkshire Police said a flare was thrown in the crowd shortly before half-time at Oakwell.

Officers said it is believed to have been thrown by a Hull fan and hit the child – another Tigers supporter – in the face. He suffered minor injuries.

Humberside Police, who are also investigating, said the boy received treatment at the scene and returned to watch the rest of the match.

The teenager presented himself at Clough Road Police Station in Hull and was questioned by officers on Saturday.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Chief Inspector Blake Neale said: “Behaviour of this nature will not be tolerated as families should feel safe to be able to go to watch their teams play without the fear of this type of incident.

“Police officers work closely with the ground’s stewards and tonight one supporter had been arrested on entry to the ground when he was found in possession of a flare.

“We are working closely with our colleagues in South Yorkshire Police, Hull City and Barnsley football clubs to conduct a thorough investigation, and whoever is found to be responsible will be dealt with robustly.”

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A spokesperson for Barnsley said: “Barnsley FC do not tolerate such actions from any individual(s) and will continue to assist South Yorkshire Police with their investigation.

“Having been tended to by stewards and our medical team, the club were pleased that the young supporter felt comfortable enough to return to his seat to watch the remainder of the fixture.”

Hull have been contacted for comment.

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