Soccer deal to keep rival fans apart

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POLICE chiefs gearing up for the derby between Chesterfield FC and Sheffield United have advised against the sale of single tickets for the game after the away end sold out.

Officers were worried about away supporters trying to get a seat next to home fans for Saturday’s game after all the United tickets sold out.

Now Chesterfield FC is only selling tickets to loyalty card and season ticket-holders as part of a Spireites Double Decker ticket deal.

It offers tickets for the derby as well as the only home game in December, against Walsall.

The deal offers a saving of £5 and was set up to discourage Blades fans from attempting to get a ticket for the home areas of the B2net stadium.

Chesterfield stadium manager Colin Nellist said: “We are keen to ensure the safety and comfort of all football supporters attending the B2net.”

No alcoholic drinks will be sold in the Rubicon Print away stand at the derby.

Officers are urging fans to try to use public transport. About 8,500 are expected at the game, which kicks off at 1pm.

Congestion is expected on Sheffield Road and the A61 inner relief road near the stadium. Motorists are advised to avoid the area from mid-morning until about 4pm.