Albion and Palace fans praised by police
17 March 2013
Sussex Police have congratulated supporters of both sides after
Brighton and Hove Albion's match against Crystal Palace on Sunday
(March 17) passed without major incident.
Chief Inspector Paul Betts, who was leading the policing
operation, said: "There was a small number of potential flashpoints
between rival groups of fans at Brighton and Falmer railway
stations, but these involved a small minority and we were able to
deal with them very quickly.
"I should like to thank supporters from both sides who heeded
appeals from the clubs, supporters' groups and the police to enjoy
the game in a spirit of rivalry, not violence. We did have to hold
back some Crystal Palace fans for 10-15 minutes while we waited for
their train to arrive at the end of the match. This was for public
safety reasons and I thank them for their patience while this
"There were only three arrests at the Amex, two for being drunk
and disorderly and one for possession of Class A drugs, and our
colleagues from British Transport Police made two arrests for
public order offences.
"Today has shown that Albion versus Palace matches can be played
without the disorder that has taken place in recent years.
Hopefully, we can move forward to a point where everyone can look
forward to these fixtures for all the right sporting reasons."
A 31-year-old man from Eastbourne was arrested at the stadium
for being drunk and disorderly as was a 19-year-old man, arrested
on the concourse at Falmer railway station.
A 40-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of
possession of cocaine after he was discovered smoking in a
prohibited area at the Amex.
A 36-year-old man from South Croydon was arrested on suspicion
of a public order offence (swearing) while getting on to a train at
Falmer. Also at Falmer, an 18-year-old man from Caterham was
arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after being seen to
spit on members of the public from a railway bridge.
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