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Football Association looking into claims of 'ISIS chants' at Bramall Lane

The Football Association says it is looking into claims of alleged racist chanting from Sheffield United fans towards Bradford City fans during their League One match at Bramall Lane on Monday.

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A few hundred Sheffield United fans near the away terrace allegedly sang 'You’re just a town full of ISIS' towards the 4,000 travelling support from Bradford.

The FA have confirmed that they are aware of the allegations and looking into the matter.

Sheffield United won the match 3-1.

West Yorkshire Police refers itself to watchdog over Bradford City fire disaster

West Yorkshire Police has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), in relation to matters raised in recent correspondence, surrounding police action at the Bradford City fire disaster of 1985.

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In a statement the force said that serious issues had been raised, both in a book by Mr Martin Fletcher, who lost relatives in the fire, and subsequently by Mr Fletcher’s legal representatives.

A senior officer met with them both this week, to discuss those matters in detail.

They say the issues relate not just to West Yorkshire Police, but to a number of other agencies and organisations.

Since publication of Mr Fletcher’s book, West Yorkshire Police has been working to identify what material was still available from the original enquiry and has found that, despite the passage of time, a lot of material had been retained.

West Yorkshire Police fully understands that this will bring back painful memories for people who were there or who lost loved ones 30 years ago, but it is important that the concerns raised by Mr Fletcher are addressed. We are awaiting a decision from the IPCC on the referral.

– West Yorkshire Police


Torrential rain calls off all-Yorkshire cup clash

Bradford City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley, was abandoned five minutes before kick off due to the heavy rain that swept across the country last night.

Match officials ruled that parts of the Valley Parade pitch were left unplayable after the downpour, with the ball neither rolling or bouncing when tested.

Referee, Trevor Kettle, made the decision shortly before 8pm, after the kick off had been delayed in the hope the weather would clear, and that the waterlogged pitch would have a chance to drain.

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