NO alcohol served to away fans at Bramall Lane today for Sheffield United v Leeds United game

No alcohol will be served to away fans at Bramall Lane today at the Sheffield United v Leeds United game.

Saturday, 10th February 2018, 09:34 am
Updated Saturday, 10th February 2018, 09:40 am
Superintendent Paul McCurry.

Police imposed the booze ban as a precaution and also warned fans to expect a larger police presence in the city and extra security checks outside the ground.

The force caused some confusion earlier today after putting out a message that no booze will be served anywhere in the ground.

But they later issued a corrected statement to say the ban will only be in place at the away end.

South Yorkshire Police tweeted: "Just to clarify, alcohol will not be sold to away fans at Bramall Lane for today's fixture. Apologies for any confusion."

Thousands of football fans are expected to descend on the city centre today, particularly around the train station, as the Blades host Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday are playing away at Barnsley.

Superintendent Paul McCurry, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "We have been working closely with the local clubs to identify and eliminate potential problems that could arise ahead of the games.

Bramall Lane.

"Saturday is expected to be a busy day and I would advise those attending the games to plan in extra time as possible travel delays are expected.

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"There will also be searches and turnstiles at the football grounds so I would again ask fans to consider this when planning their journeys.

"These measures will be in place are to prevent crime and disorder and ensure the safety of everyone at the events.

Bramall Lane.

"We are lucky enough to have five great football teams in South Yorkshire and our aim remains ensuring everyone enjoys what will no doubt be a superb day of sport."