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South Yorkshire Police thanks football fans for peaceful derby

South Yorkshire police has thanked the city of Sheffield and the thousands of football fans for their cooperation at the derby match between Sheffield United and Barnsley.

Police thank fans for peaceful derby

Nearly 3,000 away fans, travelled to Sheffield from Barnsley, for the game which Barnsley won 1-0.

The policing operation involved more than 170 officers, who worked across the City to ensure the safety of the public and the supporters attending the game.

Although there were a few incidents, by a small minority, the majority of the fans were there to enjoy the game. One person was arrested for assault after the match in the City centre and three people were ejected from the game, two for smoking in the ground and one ejected at the turnstiles.

Superintendent Scott Green, who commanded the operation, said: “I’d like to thank everyone, for their cooperation at today’s match. With nearly 24,500 fans, almost 3,000 of them being away fans, there was the potential for trouble to start.

“We did have a few incidents of disorder break out after the match, by a small minority causing trouble but these were quickly dealt with by officers on the ground.

“We will now be conducting a post match investigation and those involved in the disorder can expect to be arrested.

“The majority of the fans were there to enjoy the game and I’d like to thank these fans for ensuring the match was a safe and enjoyable game for everyone. “

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