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26th February 2004 14:07

Evening Post, 26 February 2004

Investigations are continuing into violence following Mansfield Town's promotion clash with Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Police made 14 arrests after the game as rival fans clashed outside the ground and at Mansfield Woodhouse railway station after the Stags' 2-1 defeat. Some supporters made complaints about the conduct of the police, which are being looked into,

Supt Stuart Wright said: "Throughout Saturday the force was involved in a major policing operation to ensure that opposing groups of fans had no opportunity to engage in disorder in the town and the vicinity of the ground.

"Following the match there was an outbreak of violent disorder which was subsequently subdued by the force on Quarry Lane and at Mansfield Woodhouse railway station.

"In total 14 people were arrested for football-related violence, some of whom are now on police bail.

"An investigation continues and a small number of complaints relating to police conduct have been received and will be investigated."

The club received a complaint, with one person alleging they had allocated too many tickets to the Rovers fans.

Stags safety officer John Rutherford said: "We counted the number of stubs and can confirm we did not let too many Rovers fans into the ground.

"I can state categorically that visiting fans were not let out at the same time as home fans, as has been suggested.

"We are not allowed to lock exit gates after what happened at Hillsborough. The doors behind the fans at the Quarry Lane end are open, but the fans are met by police and stewards who hold them back until I have received notification from the police that the home fans are cleared.

"I have studied CCTV since and that gave me no concerns over claims there was trouble in the area of the ground.''


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