Barriers will be used by police for the first time to separate rival fans before and after tomorrow’s Steel City derby to reduce the risk of violent clashes.
Police have released details of the roads Sheffield United and Wednesday fans will be banned from to keep rival supporters apart before and after the game.
The Bramall Lane game will be the first time Sheffield United and Wednesday have met for two years and police are keen for the match to be a ‘celebration of football’.
Known troublemakers serving football banning orders have been visited by police to warn them to stay away from the noon kick-off.
There will be a heavy police presence in and around the ground and city centre.
Weekly leave has been cancelled for South Yorkshire police officers and extra bobbies have been drafted in from neighbouring forces to boost numbers.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “There will be a significant number of police officers and club stewards on duty for this match.
“Because of previous rivalry between the two clubs and the expected high numbers of people attending this fixture, there will be barriers, restricting access to some roads during the lead up to and after the match.
“The barriers will be there to help us to maximise the safety of people attending the game. The overall object of this plan is to prevent large numbers of home and away supporters coming into direct contact in the confined area at Bramall Lane.”
Wednesday supporters are encouraged to approach the stadium from the St Mary’s Gate end of Bramall Lane and the area outside the away stand on Bramall Lane will be restricted to those fans.
United fans will be restricted from entering Bramall Lane from John Street, Denby Street and Harwood Street and will not be allowed into the city centre along Bramall Lane.
There will be no access to John Street from Hill Street, to Randall Street from Hill Street and to Harwood Street from Hill Street for any fans.