UGLY scenes marred a Burton Albion game at the weekend as drunken yobs let off flares and hurled plastic bottles at match officials.
A string of unsavoury incidents blighted the Brewers’ 2-0 victory over Rotherham United on Saturday in which five away supporters were thrown out of the Pirelli Stadium.
Fracas broke out between Rotherham fans before the stadium was engulfed in red smoke when a flare was lit in the away terrace.
The referee also removed plastic bottles which had been flung on to the pitch.
Police were called to the Lord Burton pub to break up clashes between Rotherham and Leeds fans at 1pm.
The Leeds fans had stopped in Burton on their way to their team’s match with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Police were later called to disperse Rotherham supporters after a clash between fans at 6pm at Rileys Pool and Snooker Club in Burton High Street.
Officers investigating the incidents, who have seized CCTV footage, are liaising with South Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Police and Burton Albion Football Club to identify those responsible.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, local police team commander, some of those responsible have already been identified.
He said: “They can expect a knock on the door in the not to distant future
“Those involved in these incidents account for only a small minority.
“The vast majority watched the match, along with home supporters, and remained in good spirits causing no problems whatsoever.
“The behaviour displayed by these so-called ‘football fans’ is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Ben Robinson, chairman of Burton Albion, said: “It’s very sad someone let off a flare.
“There was also a number of the crowd who came out of their seats and came pitch side to remonstrate with the referee which was very disappointing.
“Fortunately through the work our stewards the situation did not escalate into a major incident.”