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Football thugs throw punches in the street as ugly brawl breaks out at a Cardiff pub

These shocking scenes show the moment two sets of rival football fans clashed at a Cardiff pub after a Championship match.

The graphic footage captures Cardiff City and Aston Villa supporters trading punches and kicks as bottles and chairs fly through the air.

The mass confrontation exploded in and around The Cornwall pub in Grangetown following a 3-0 win for the Bluebirds.

Three men kick and punch another while he is on all fours in the street outside the Cardiff pub

Three men kick and punch another while he is on all fours in the street outside the Cardiff pub

Three men kick and punch another while he is on all fours in the street outside the Cardiff pub

The footage shows bottles being thrown by fans of both clubs. Six people have been found guilty of violent disorder for their part and seven men pleaded guilty.

Jemma Healey, assistant manager of The Cornwall, said she heard shouting and saw a group of men approaching looking ‘riled up’.

She described seeing about 20 men she had never seen before approaching the pub from Hereford Street, dressed in shorts and jeans, some with hoods up.

Giving evidence at Cardiff Crown Court she said they were running and waving their arms around during the incident just before 7pm on August 12, 2017, in the aftermath of a Championship fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium earlier that day.

Ms Healey told the Villa fans who had spilled out of a bus to ‘Get the f*** out of the pub and tried to shut and bolt the door but felt it being punched from outside.

She checked on customers back in the bar and saw a ‘big guy’ looking scary.

She said: ‘I was worried they were inside now.’ 

One man is punched in the head by two others during the brawl outside The Cornwall pub

One man is punched in the head by two others during the brawl outside The Cornwall pub

One man is punched in the head by two others during the brawl outside The Cornwall pub

Two more men come to blows inside The Cornwall after the Aston Villa v Cardiff football match

Two more men come to blows inside The Cornwall after the Aston Villa v Cardiff football match

Two more men come to blows inside The Cornwall after the Aston Villa v Cardiff football match

Ms Healey went outside after the men left the bar and saw them get on a minibus which drove off.

She said: ‘There were smashed plastics, smashed bottles of beer, spilled. There was an old guy who was injured. He had a cut to the back of his head, a bloodshot eye, and a cut to his face.

‘There was a younger guy with injuries. He had a cut to his head as well.’  

Rhodri Williams and his two-year-old daughter were also witnesses to the incident as they were walking to their local shop.

Speaking through a Welsh interpreter, Mr Williams said: ‘It makes you feel unsafe in your community when things like this happen.’

He added: ‘From the second the bus parked up, a group of men ran out of it.’

He said there were between eight and 12 men on the minibus, who ran straight for the pub and attacked a group of men who were smoking outside The Cornwall.

Aston Villa fan Brett Clarke, 40, was found guilty of violent disorder on October 5

Aston Villa fan Brett Clarke, 40, was found guilty of violent disorder on October 5

Aston Villa fan Gary Tucker, 51, was also found guilty of violent disorder on October 5

Aston Villa fan Gary Tucker, 51, was also found guilty of violent disorder on October 5

Fans of both clubs were involved with the fight. Aston Villa fans Brett Clarke (left) and Gary Tucker (right) were both found guilty of violent disorder

Cardiff City fan Nathan Pleace, 30, was found guilty of violent disorder on October 5

Cardiff City fan Nathan Pleace, 30, was found guilty of violent disorder on October 5

Another Cardiff City fan Vincent Richards, 32, was found guilty of violent disorder on October 5 for his part in the brawl

Another Cardiff City fan Vincent Richards, 32, was found guilty of violent disorder on October 5 for his part in the brawl

Cardiff City supporters Nathan Pleace (left) and Vincent Richards (right) were also found guilty of violent disorder after the August 2017 brawl

Mr Williams said: ‘I saw a lot of fighting but what I remember specifically was a man on all fours and a group around him kicking him in the ribs.

‘I remember the sound of bottles being thrown, of smashing glass.’

The witness said he picked his daughter up and crossed the road.

He added: ‘One of the men came out of the minibus asked them why they were doing it and threatened them.’

Mr Williams said the minibus passed him while he was on the phone to police.

He said his daughter was ‘scared’ during the incident and he picked her up and held her while he was on the phone to police.

He added: ‘It was in broad daylight in front of my child. This is a pub where I go sometimes with my mother to have a meal.

‘It’s a respectable place and the proprietors are hardworking and fine people. Of course it has an effect on the livelihood of the people who run the pub.’

Aston Villa fan Mark Baker, 47, was found guilty of violent disorder after the August brawl

Aston Villa fan Mark Baker, 47, was found guilty of violent disorder after the August brawl

Aston Villa fan Paul Sweeney, 32, was found guilty on November 7

Aston Villa fan Paul Sweeney, 32, was found guilty on November 7

Villa fans Mark Baker (left) and Paul Sweeney (right) were both found guilty of violent disorder

The six men who were found guilty and seven who pleaded guilty are: 

Nathan Pleace, 30, a Cardiff City fan from Llandaff North, and Vincent Richards, 32, a Cardiff City fan from Llandough were both found guilty of violent disorder.

Mark Baker, 47, and Gary Tucker, 51, both Aston Villa fans from Birmingham, were also found guilty of violent disorder on October 5.

And Brett Clarke, 40, and Paul Sweeney, 32, Aston Villa fans from Solihull, were found guilty of violent disorder on November 7.  

Hayden Perryman, 25, an Aston Villa fan from Sutton Coldfield and Richard Willmore, 27, an Aston Villa fan from Birmingham, previously pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Darren Simms, 24, an Aston Villa fan from Wednesbury, West Midlands, and Ryan White, 21, an Aston Villa fan from Dudley, both previously pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Paul McMinn, 49, an Aston Villa fan from Solihull, and Terence Coughlan, 57, an Aston Villa fan from Birmingham, previously pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

David Cooper, 28, a Cardiff City fan from Caerphilly, pleaded guilty to violent disorder on October 24. 

All 13 defendants are due to be sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on December 10.  

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