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Police and Brewers help reduce football trouble

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

  • 27/04/14 Burton Albion v Chesterfield (Sunday) Burton Albion .v. Chesterfield......Chesterfield pitch invasion following win and automatic promotion to league 1

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ONE of Burton’s biggest ever football-related policing operations saw trouble during the Brewer’s crunch game against Chesterfield kept to a ‘bare minimum’.

Bosses from Staffordshire Police and senior figures from Burton Albion revealed that a ‘close working partnership’ meant that only four arrests were made following the key League Two game against the club’s promotion rivals.

Travelling fans invaded the pitch at the end of the game at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday, which saw the Spireites promoted to League One.

Before and after the game, officers were spotted at strategic locations across the town in a bid to ward off any trouble.

Inspector Rob Neeson, of Burton Police, spoke to the Mail about the operation.

He said: “There were extra resources in the town based on the category of the match.

“Chesterfield and Burton Albion have a local rivalry, but our resources were sufficient.

“Four arrests were made, but all in all the operation passed off safely, in general it went well.”

One arrest was made for drunk and disorderly behaviour, another for a public order offence and two for encroaching on the pitch.

Another fan was evicted from the Pirelli Stadium, while two were refused entry to the ground.

Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson told the Mail how ‘working together’ was a key component of keeping fans safe at the Pirelli.

He said: “The low number of incidents at the game showed the good work we do with the police and the council does pay off.

“In terms of the pitch invasion, it was not underhand or ill-tempered but instead jubilant as their team had just managed to secure promotion.

“Our priority is, and always has been, to make sure fans can watch Burton Albion and feel safe.”

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