Police warning to derby match fans

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Police are putting plans in place to ensure everyone enjoys today’s big Championship derby match between Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers at Oakwell.

Fans of both football teams are being asked to respect the law and not engage in any anti-social behaviour.

Match commander Chief Supt Andy Brooke said: “We understand the passion involved in football and we want everyone to enjoy the fixture by acting responsibly before, during and after the match.

“We have planned the policing of this event with both football clubs and have extra resources in place to deal with this fixture.

“I look forward to welcoming both home and away fans to Barnsley. I have a commitment to ensure people remain safe therefore will be taking an extremely tough line on anyone that is involved in football related disorder.

“Anyone caught being subject to such behaviour may face a court appearance and a ban from attending all football matches.”

“We have been informed by management of the Metrodome Leisure Centre, which is located right next to the ground, that they will have facilities available for away fans including refreshments and sports coverage.

“Police and the club stewards will be present at all entrances of the ground.

“Anyone who wishes to attend the turnstiles under the influence of alcohol or in possession of any illegal substances or objects that may cause harm to themselves or others will be refused entry,” he warned.

“We will also be communicating with fans via the @BarnsleyFC_SYP twitter account.

“Real time information will be tweeted out on the run up to the match.

“I would advise anyone who is planning to attend the match to follow the account.”