No extra police for Doncaster Rovers versus Leeds United derby

Sgt Steve Butler. Picture by Michael Ford
Sgt Steve Butler. Picture by Michael Ford

POLICE officers handling the Yorkshire derby clash between Doncaster Rovers and fierce rivals Leeds United say they are not scaling up patrols for the match.

A police spokesman said tomorrow’s game at the Keepmoat Stadium would be policed as a “normal high profile fixture” and officers “were not expecting trouble.” She refused to say how many officers would be on duty.

But town centre sergeant Steve Butler said more door staff would be working in the pubs and clubs as a precaution.

The two sides met in August when a Ramon Nunez double gave Leeds a 2-1 Carling Cup second round victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Attendance was 8,505 that night - but a much bigger crowd is anticipated tomorrow - even though the game is being screened live by Sky Sports. Leeds have been given an increased away allocation for tomorrow’s game.

Despite increased numbers police say they are confident that special measures do not need to be taken for the match.

Sgt Steve Butler said: “We didn’t get any trouble the last time Rovers played Leeds so we’re hoping things will be the same this time around.

“We hare working closely with pub watch and additional door staff will be working on the afternoon and into the evening on match day.”

The rivalry between the two clubs escalated after Rovers’ famous 1-0 League One play-off final win at Wembley in 2008.