Three people have been arrested after a spate of tussles broke out following Southampton FC’s victory on Friday night.

Hundreds of fans flooded the pitch at St Mary’s Stadium in celebration after the home side defeated West Brom 3-1.

Winning the Championship play-off semi-final second leg match means Saints will be vying for promotion at the Wembley-held final against Leeds next week.

But despite the team’s success, raucous supporters became embroiled in scuffles.

Objects were thrown between fans, many of whom had to be separated by stewards.

Hampshire Police has now confirmed a 27-year-old man and 26-year-old man from Southampton were arrested on suspicion of going onto the playing area at a football match.

A 24-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/alarm/distress, common assault of an emergency worker.

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He was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing/resisting a constable in execution of duty.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: “The vast majority of fans attending the Southampton v West Brom match yesterday evening, both at the stadium itself and in venues around the city, did so responsibly and respectfully.

“There were, however, a minority contingent of fans from both clubs who sought to engage in public order offences, including entering the pitch during the match.

“We had a number of police resources in place throughout the city over the course of the evening which meant we were able to swiftly intervene and help mitigate any risk of large scale disorder.

“Because of this, instances of public order were quickly de-escalated, and proactive opportunities were taken by police to prevent incidents of wider disorder from happening altogether.”

Fans were warned over the public address system and via a message on the screen that those entering the pitch could face police action.