Fencing to separate supporters at Sheffield derby
High security fencing
is being deployed at the upcoming Sheffield derby to separate rival supporters after the final whistle.
South Yorkshire Police have said the seven-foot-high structure will be installed during the game to ensure there is no chance of violence between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United supporters after the match.
Supt Simon Verall told the BBC: "It's effectively a fence. It's not going to stop anyone walking out of the ground it is purely to keep the fans segregated for that little bit longer, like the same way they are in the ground."
Northumbria Police took similar steps during the FA Cup clashes between Sunderland and Middlesbrough in January but segregated fans before and after the match to reduce tensions.
Both sides sit near the top of League One and go into Sunday's (February 26th) match at Hillsborough looking for another win to continue their own promotion pushes.
Both club officials and police have called for calm in the build-up to this fierce derby.
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Date: 24/02/2012 14:54:08
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