Aston Villa supporters fought among themselves as their side were humbled 4-1 by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
The visitors were 3-0 down inside the first half and fans turned on each other as pressure on boss Steve Bruce increased.
One supporter was knocked to the ground by a punch with multiple supporters seen engaging in the violence at the Bramall Lane end of Sheffield United’s stadium.
The result left Villa 12th in the Championship with just two wins from their opening six games, while the Blades are third and only two points off the top.
Jack O’Connell headed United in front after just six minutes before Mark Duffy doubled their advantage midway through the first half.
Oliver Norwood scored his first Blades goal four minutes before the break which saw an outbreak of discontent from the away end.
Billy Sharp made it four shortly after the break before Anwar El Ghazi netted a consolation for Villa.
After the game, Bruce said: “We were fragmented and one or two players turned it into a circus act. What we served up bordered on embarrassment in the first half. At least it can’t get any worse.
“We’re a big club and everyone wants to kick our ass and we’ve had it really kicked today. I know the consequences and the buck stops at me.
"To be honest I couldn’t see this coming. In the end it could have been even more humiliating.”
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