Police prepare for Hull fans in Barnsley

Police in Barnsley are putting plans in place ahead of this weekend match between Barnsley and Hull City.

Saturday sees Oakwell host a vital match for both teams as the Championship 2012/13 draws to a close. South Yorkshire Police says it is working hard to ensure the match runs smoothly.

Due to the significance of this match for both teams, an increase in the number of police officers present around Barnsley town centre will be apparent on Saturday in order to ensure the match passes with minimal disorder.

We appreciate the passion involved in supporting a football club and welcome friendly rivalry, especially the last home game of the season. Unlike previous years, I am asking the Barnsley fans to remain in the stands and not go on the pitch after the final whistle. We understand that this has become a tradition in previous years however, Barnsley players will not be coming back out unless the pitch is clear. Anyone entering the pitch may be arrested and South Yorkshire Police may additionally seek a football banning order. So please don’t spoil it for yourselves and others.

– Temporary Superintendent Scott Green

The police will be communicating with fans via @BarnsleyFC_SYP Twitter account. Real time information will be tweeted out on the run up to the match.