Stadium barriers on trial

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CROWD control barriers will be trialled at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium on Sunday ahead of next month’s Steel City derby.

South Yorkshire Police and Wednesday agreed to trial the barriers – which will keep rival fans apart – on the Leppings Lane concourse at Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie with West Ham United.

Police and stadium security workers are not expecting crowd trouble, but want to test the barriers before Wednesday play United on Sunday, February 26.

If the barriers prove successful they are likely to be used at the derby to help keep rival fans apart to reduce the risk of clashes.

On previous ‘derby days’ violence has flared between fans in the city – often before or after games, but these barriers are aimed at keeping fans safe in the ground.

A police spokesman said: “We do not anticipate any crowd control issues at the West Ham United match, but this match is an opportunity to test the barriers in situ at a match where a large away support is expected before derby day in park via Penistone Road.”