Sussex Police praise fans for staying out of trouble after Albion defeat

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A total of six arrests were made by Sussex Police both before and after the play off semi final defeat by Crystal Palace last night (Monday May 13).

Police praised fans from Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace for heeding pleas by the clubs and police to enjoy the match and stay out of trouble.

Sussex Police were joined by colleagues from five neighbouring forces, including mounted officers from Thames Valley Police.

Five arrests were made at the Amex Stadium in Falmer and one in Surrey Street, Brighton.

Chief inspector Paul Betts, who led the policing operation, said: “Once again, we have seen that the vast majority of supporters from both sides can enjoy the enormous rivalry that exists between these two sides without it degenerating into violence and disorder.

“There were a few sporadic incidents following the match, but these appear to have mostly been amongst groups of disappointed fans and not from clashes between the groups.

“Along with British Transport Police colleagues, we also dealt with a number of incidents on board trains leaving Falmer in both directions.

“I should like to thank everyone who co-operated with club stewards and police before, during and after the match and ensured that we were able to keep disruption and delays to a minimum.”

A 34-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an Amex Stadium steward; a 54-year-old man from Copthorne was arrested on suspicion of homophobic abuse; a 24-year-old man from Oxted was arrested on suspicion of homophobic chanting; a 46-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace and two men, one aged 20 from Hove and the other aged 42, no address given, were arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.