Students’ derby day rubbish row

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STUDENTS from both Sheffield universities are under fire after they left parts of Hillsborough strewn with rubbish and debris after a crunch football derby.

More than 5,000 students saw Hallam beat rivals from Sheffield 1-0 in the annual Varsity game played at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground, part of an annual inter-university sports challenge.

But many residents in the area were angered by the amount of rubbish left outside the ground and in nearby Hillsborough Park - claiming the situation was far worse than after a typical Wednesday game.

Hillsborough resident Simon Davies said he was disgusted with the state of the ground and surrounding area.

“The park itself was littered with beers cans and rubbish and it was the same outside the football ground. It is never that bad on match days. I do hope the universities will be sending students to clean up the mess they have left,” he said.

Another resident added: “The students have left the park like a tip - the parks department should bill the university for the clean up. Students were urinating and vomiting all over the place.”

Sheffield University student union president Thom Arnold said: “Students gathered in Hillsborough Park to enjoy the sunshine before the match. Unfortunately this led to unanticipated amounts of rubbish left behind.

“On this occasion we haven’t managed to live up to our responsibilities.

“I’d like to apologise to local residents on behalf of both Students’ Unions for the mess and the inconvenience this has caused. We’ve organised teams of students to clear the rubbish.”