Police probe into crowd trouble at Barnsley v Leeds clash

A police probe is under way into crowd trouble at the Barnsley v Leeds clash last Sunday.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 07:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 07:51 am
A police probe has been launched into disorder at Barnsley's clash with Leeds last Sunday

Barnsley and Leeds have also announced they are ‘working together’ to assess the disorder which marred the derby at Oakwell.

South Yorkshire Police made four arrests of fans on suspicion of public order offences and assault.

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The force said three of those arrested were Leeds fans, while one was a Barnsley supporter.

A statement read: "Four people were arrested following the Barnsley FC v Leeds United FC match at Oakwell, Barnsley, on Sunday, September 15.

"A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault, following reports a steward had been assaulted within the ground towards the end of the match. He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue. He is believed to be a Leeds fan.

"Two men in their 40s were arrested on suspicion of affray following reports of a disturbance within the ground at the end of the match. They have been released while enquiries continue. Both are believed to be Leeds fans.

"A fourth man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence following the match on Schwabisch Gmund Way. He is believed to be a Barnsley fan."

Barnsley FC said: "Barnsley Football Club and Leeds United Football Club are greatly disappointed by reports of violence at Sunday's game and will be working together to assess the matter."

Leeds fans clashed with stewards in the away end towards the latter stages of their side's 2-0 win and in a separate incident fighting also broke out in the east stand.

Trouble flared shortly after Leeds substitute Eddie Nketiah had fired the visitors into an 84th-minute lead, while Mateusz Klich converted a penalty five minutes later to seal all three points for Marcelo Bielsa's side.

Victory moved Leeds back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship, ahead of Swansea on goal difference.

Barnsley, promoted from League One last season, slipped into the bottom three after four defeats and two draws since their opening-day win against Fulham.