High security fencing used to separate rival fans at Sunday's (February 26th) Sheffield derby has been hailed as a success by South Yorkshire police.

The authorities believed that the barriers would help alleviate tensions between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United supporters after the final whistle at the fierce, top-of-the-table clash.

Following the game the police heralded the barriers as a success and said that the fences were responsible for "freeing up resources" and also praised the behaviour of both sets of supporters.

Police officials stated that there were only seven arrests for minor incidents and there were no outbreaks of mass violence.

Supt Simon Verrall told the BBC: "Given the inevitable tensions in the crowd, behaviour has been as good as possibly can be expected. We're happy with the way today has gone."

Around 400 South Yorkshire officers were on duty for the 37,000 sell-out "Steel City" derby which saw Sheffield Wednesday beat their rivals 1-0.

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