POLICE have vowed to get tough on yobs who cause trouble at Rovers daerby with Barnsley today.
And officers will be using social networking site Twitter to give real time updates on their operation as they attempt to make sure there is no disorder.
Fans from both teams are being asked to repsect the law before, during and after today’s match at Oakwell.
Chf Supt Andy Brooke, who will be in charge of policing the game, said: “We understand the passion involved in football and we want everyone to enjoy the fixture by acting responsibly before, during and after the match.
“We have planned the policing of this event with both football clubs and have extra resources in place to deal with this fixture.
“I look forward to welcoming both home and away fans to Barnsley. I have a commitment to ensure people remain safe therefore will be taking an extremely tough line on anyone that is involved in football related disorder.
“Anyone caught being subject to such behaviour may face a court appearance and a ban from attending all football matches.”
“We have been informed by management of the Metrodome Leisure Centre, which is located right next to the ground, that they will have facilities available for away fans including refreshments and sports coverage.
“Police and the club stewards will be present at all entrances of the ground and anyone who wishes to attend the turnstiles under the influence of alcohol or in possession of any illegal substances or objects that may cause harm to themselves or others will be refused entry.
“We will also be communicating with fans via the @BarnsleyFC_SYP twitter account. Real time information will be tweeted out on the run up to the match and I would advise anyone who is planning to attend the match to follow the account.”