Smoke bomb thrown during Burton football match
POLICE are looking for troublemakers who set off a smoke bomb and flare at a Burton football match.
On Saturday, Burton Albion played Rotherham in a league fixture at Pirelli Stadium.
During the game there was a small fracas in the away terrace involving Rotherham supporters.
A smoke bomb and flare were set off in the away terrace, and a number of fans were ejected.
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And just before 1pm an incident occurred in the Lord Burton in High Street between Rotherham and Leeds fans.
The Leeds fans had stopped off in Burton on their way to their team’s match against Wolverhampton Wanders.
This incident of public order was attended by officers and both groups were dispersed.
Towards the end of the game objects, including plastic bottles and coins, were thrown at officials and police officers.
After the game a small number of Rotherham supporters attended the town centre.
Just before 6pm they went into Rileys Pool and Snooker Club in High Street and were involved in an incident of disorder.
Police attended and the group were dispersed. It is not believed anyone was injured.
Officers investigating these incidents have seized CCTV and, working in coordination with colleagues from South Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Police and Burton Albion Football Club, will be examining the footage to identify the individuals involved.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, East Staffordshire local policing team commander, said: “The match was attended by around 1,900 Rotherham fans and 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. We have already identified a number of individuals from the South Yorkshire area and they can expect a knock on the door in the not to distant future.
"I would urge anyone who witnessed either incident, or anyone who can identify those involved, to contact us immediately."
Anyone with information can contact football liaison officer Gary Lote on 01283 238259.