7ft Barrier to Keep Fans Apart

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), January 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

7ft Barrier to Keep Fans Apart


Byline: ANDREW PAIN

A BARRIER cordon is to be used for the first time to keep Boro and Sunderland fans apart around Sunday's big FA Cup clash.

Northumbria Police says the 7ft-high metal blockade has been successful in minimising disruption in meetings between Sunderland and Newcastle in the past.

The barriers will stand at either end of the turnstiles and exits for away supporters and at various points on the approach to the Stadium of Light.

Chief Superintendent Dave Pryer, from Northumbria Police's Operations Command, said the barrier did not cram supporters in and create an effective cattle herding.

"It covers the full away end," he told the Gazette. "It's a substantial area. It has been very effective - it does reduce the tension and conflict."

He added: "We used the barriers successfully last season and the feedback we have received from both home and away fans has been very positive."

The barriers have electronic signs and a public address system to engage with supporters and Boro fans will also be asked to remain in the south stand for a short period after the match so everyone can leave the ground safely. …

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