Crowd control barriers may be used at ‘derby’

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A DECISION has not yet been made on whether crowd control barriers will be used outside Hillsborough football stadium for the Steel City derby next month.

South Yorkshire Police tried out the barriers when Sheffield Wednesday played West Ham in the FA Cup this month. Officers involved in policing football matches wanted to see how the barriers were received by fans and how well they worked at keeping rival groups apart.

The Owls versus Blades derby – renowned for fierce rivalry – will be played on Sunday, February 28. Some past games have been marred by outbreaks of violence outside the stadiums.

Those involved in planning the policing operation for the derby are still discussing the possible merits and pitfalls of using the barriers before making a final decision.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The barriers were deployed and well received by fans attending the West Ham game without any issues arising.

The planning process for the Sheffield derby is ongoing and a decision is yet to be made regarding whether barriers will be used.”