Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Police hail Barnsley-Leeds derby match success

Barnsley versus Leeds match at Oakwell
Image caption Leeds United were hammered 5-2 by Barnsley

Police have hailed as a success their operation to prevent trouble at Tuesday night's derby match between Barnsley and Leeds United.

Almost 7,000 Leeds supporters travelled to Barnsley to see their team lose 5-2 at a packed Oakwell stadium.

South Yorkshire Police said they had made only four arrests during the game for minor public order offences.

A force spokesman said: "Policing-wise it all went very well, especially considering the result of the match."

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Extra officers were brought in before the match and South Yorkshire Police warned it would take an "extremely tough line" with anyone involved in football-related disorder.

In August, the neighbouring West Yorkshire force issued a warning that it would take a "strong stance" against troublemakers this season.

Officers said with an increase in the number of Yorkshire derby matches being played they were committed to tackling violent or disruptive behaviour.

As well as Tuesday's game at Barnsley, Leeds United have derbies against Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers, while Huddersfield Town will play Sheffield Wednesday in League One and Bradford City will meet Rotherham United in League Two.

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