Date: 24th September 2008 at 9:03am
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South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Robert Evans has praised the behaviour of the majority of Swansea and Cardiff City fans despite fears of mass violence at the Liberty Stadium.

In the mix of a hostile environment arrests were made by South Wales police both at the stadium and in the city centre. Five arrests were made inside and around the ground following skirmishes after the final whistle while three further arrests were made in the city centre before the kick off.The majority of arrests were made due to public order offences.

Reports have suggested that a small group of fans attacked Police with missiles and stones before Cardiff City supporters were allowed to leave the stadium. Whilst inside the ground two sets of rival supporters tried to engage in an altercation but were forcibly pegged back by Police. Banning orders have been called for by Police for any fan implicated in the violence last night. Both Swansea City and Cardiff city have indicated there will be a full investigation into these incidents.

Evans Told The BBC:

“Whilst the vast majority of spectators were well behaved, a minority made up of several hundred, caused officers and stewards concern throughout the event. After the game ended, officers were forced to position themselves in such a way to prevent protagonists clashing. During this, officers were subjected to missile throwing and sustained threats of violence. It is of credit to the vast majority of mature fans that they supported police and the clubs and confined their rivalries to the pitch. However, the behavior of others was totally unacceptable. It was thanks to the professionalism of the police officers and the stewards that the violence was contained to a small area and did not spoil the enjoyment of the majority of people.”



There also has been no official comment regarding the tunnel altercation between Cardiff City staff and Swansea City security personnel.