Police warning to football fans

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Football fans are being urged to refrain from running on to the pitch to mark Barnsley FC’s last game of the season.

Barnsley play Hull City on Saturday, and both teams have something to fight for - Hull could be promoted to the Premiership, while Barnsley are battling relegation.

South Yorkshire Police said extra officers will be on duty in and around the ground because of the significance of the game.

Temporary Superintendent Scott Green, police commander for Saturday’s match, said: “We appreciate the passion involved in supporting a football club and welcome friendly rivalry, especially for 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 this has become a tradition in previous years, however Barnsley players will not be coming back out unless the pitch is clear.

“Anyone on the pitch may be arrested and police may additionally seek a football banning order. So please don’t spoil it, for yourselves or others.”

n Follow @BarnsleyFC_SYP for police messages on the day.