Football fans praised by police after derby match in Sheffield

Superintendent Shaun Morley
Superintendent Shaun Morley
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Police chiefs have praised fans at Sheffield Wednesday’s game against Leeds United – with officers not needing to make any arrests before, during or after the game.

About 400 police officers were on duty for the Championship clash on Saturday because of fears of disorder between rival fans.

The last time Wednesday and Leeds met at Hillsborough, Leeds fans damaged seating on the terraces and one fan – Aaron Cawley, from Cheltenham – invaded the pitch and assaulted Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland.

He was jailed for 16 weeks and issued with a football Banning Order.

Police sad Cawley travelled to Sheffield on Saturday, but remained in the city centre rather than attempting to get to the game.

Superintendent Shaun Morley, responsible for the policing the game, which Wednesday won 6-0, said one fan was ejected from the stadium for breaching a Banning Order, but there were no problems inside or outside the ground.

He said: “More than 21,000 fans attended and the atmosphere was very pleasant with no arrests.

“I would like to thank fans for creating a very pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere.”