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Legia Warsaw have issued a statement levying the blame at Aston Villa after the two sides' explosive Europa Conference League clash at Villa Park on Thursday evening which saw away fans unable to watch the match from the stadium and Polish ultras take part in displays of violence outside of the ground.
The Premier League side tabled a formal complaint with UEFA on Friday in the wake of the disquieting scenes which pointed a finger at club officials for a 'complete lack of cooperation with West Midlands Police, Aston Villa FC, and UEFA throughout the day'.
The Polish club are expected to be hit with a stadium ban after what Villa claims were 'planned and systemic acts of violence' outside of Villa Park which saw multiple police injured, one officer set on fire, and flares and missiles thrown at home supporters.
46 men were arrested and charged by West Midlands Police, with a special court set up to begin hearing the cases at Birmingham Magistrates on Saturday, with 45 of the 46 were due to appear there, and one individual bailed until a later date.
But Legia Warsaw have refuted Villa's front-footed statement and instead held the club's ticket distribution policy and matchday policing to blame for the chaos.
Legia Warsaw ultras clashed with fans and ranks of police outside Villa Park on Thursday night
Away fans were not let into Villa Park to see the 2-1 following disturbances outside the ground
Police were set on fire with flare, and five officers were injured, plus police dogs and horses
Arguing that Villa as the host club have 'a responsibility to ensure an adequate level of security both inside the stadium and its immediate surroundings', Legia Warsaw stressed that none of the individuals charged had matchday tickets and that they have 'consistently maintained that our responsibility extends only to individuals entering the visitors' sector with tickets distributed by us.'
'Our staff arrived in Birmingham earlier than usual and maintained continuous communication with the English club, UEFA, and the local police,' the statement read. 'We have repeatedly informed the British counterparts about necessary measures for the security of the venue and its vicinity.
'Despite this, the British police, in their official responses, only acknowledged the potential risks without implementing our suggestions. Regrettably, due to the actions and