Chairs and glasses 'flying' over as 'football fans' clashed with police and bouncers

A terrifying brawl broke out in Liverpool city centre last night as chairs and glasses were thrown when 'football fans' clashed with police and bouncers.

Police were called to the mass brawl in Concert Square where around 40 people, reportedly football fans, were seen fighting in the streets.

Four people were arrested for public order offences while one man was taken to hospital.

Witnesses claim the fight involved visiting Atalanta football fans who are in the city ahead of their team's match against Everton this evening, although police have not yet confirmed that.

Shocking footage showed men brawling with bouncers in the nightclub hotspot.

Chairs and bottles were thrown during the ugly scuffle while one man was seen being bodyslammed to the floor.

Both Hanover Street and Wood Street were cordoned off as around 20 police vehicles, Matrix officers and police dogs responded to the major incident. 

Horrified witnesses described the terrifying scene that began after 11pm last night.

One person told the Liverpool Echo: 'It was genuinely terrifying.

'Me and my friend got trapped in the middle of it while trying to get out of Concert Square. 

'I actually lost her at one point and couldn't find her in the crowd.' 

A member of staff from Concert Square said the incident was 'traumatic to watch'.

She said: 'I've been working here around a year and never seen anything like it in my life. We were all sent in to McCooleys to keep us safe but it was awful.

'Chairs were being thrown and people pushed all over the square and down the stairs. Bouncers from all the clubs ran to help and made sure we were all okay.'

Tom Hampson wrote on Twitter: 'Atalanta fans in Concert Square then! That was the maddest brawl I've ever seen!'

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: 'Officers were called to Liverpool city centre, this evening (23 November 2017) following reports of a disturbance involving members of the public and door staff.

'Officers attended at just after 11.20pm in the Concert Square and Wood Street areas and have arrested four people for public order offences.

'One male was taken to hospital with a head injury.' 

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