Violence flares as football fans clash

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DETECTIVES are trawling through CCTV footage of football hooligans involved in violent clashes after Sheffield United played Millwall.

Rival fans clashed in Sheffield after the final whistle on Saturday in what South Yorkshire Police described as “a determined effort to fight”.

Around 100 fans were involved in violence outside Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium and St Mary’s Gate after the 1-1 draw.

Officers said there were four “flashpoints” where fans managed to get past police officers and fight.

Police arrested one United fan for breaching a football banning order, a Millwall fan on suspicion of violent disorder and two for being drunk.

Supt Rachel Barber, in charge of policing the match, said officers had been prepared for possible trouble.

But she said: “They were determined to get together and fight and as a result we had a few pockets of disorder outside the ground.

“We suspected it might happen so plans were in place to prevent it.

“We managed to thwart their attempts in the main but because of the determination of those involved they came together in three or four places.

“This kind of incident is extremely rare in Sheffield.”