THREE men have been arrested for football-related violence ahead of tonight's Southend United match.

Police visited the trio at their homes as part of an operation in the run-up to Southend's match with Leyton Orient.

Two men, aged 22 and 20, from Southend and one man, aged 21, from Grays, were arrested on suspicion of affray.

They have all been taken to police stations for questioning in connection with an incident of disorder reported to have occurred at a pub in Leytonstone, in London, on Saturday January 26.