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Six arrests made following Palace and Brighton play-off clash

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CRYSTAL Palace did the business on the pitch, while it seems Sussex Police and a number of neighbouring forces also did a sterling job to tackle any problems off it last night, with just six arrests made throughtout the course of the evening.

Just under 30,000 supporters were at the AMEX Stadium to witness the Eagles' 2-0 win in the second leg of their Championship play-off, and the Police on the south coast have praised both sets of fans for their good behaviour.

In a statement released this afternoon, despite a handful of arrests before and after the game, the force have thanked the fans for staying out of trouble and for heeding pleas by the clubs to enjoy the match.

Chief Inspector Paul Betts, who led the policing operation, said: "Once again, we have seen that the vast majority of supporters from both sides can enjoy the enormous rivalry that exists between these two sides without it degenerating into violence and disorder.

"There were a few sporadic incidents following the match, but these appear to have mostly been amongst groups of disappointed fans and not from clashes between the groups.

"Along with British Transport Police colleagues, we also dealt with a number of incidents on board trains leaving Falmer in both directions.

"I should like to thank everyone who co-operated with club stewards and police before, during and after the match and ensured that we were able to keep disruption and delays to a minimum."

Sussex Police were joined by colleagues from five neighbouring forces, including mounted officers from Thames Valley.

Of the six arrests made, five were at the Amex Stadium and one in Surrey Street, Brighton.

A 34-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an Amex Stadium steward, a 54-year-old man from Copthorne was arrested on suspicion of homophobic abuse and a 24-year-old man from Oxted was arrested on suspicion of homophobic chanting.

And a 46-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace, while two men from Hove were arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

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