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Crystal Palace fans praised for good behaviour after Brighton defeat

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Sussex Police have praised Crystal Palace fans for their good behaviour before, during and after the weekend clash with Brighton.
Five arrests were made but, on the whole, the local force says Eagles and Brighton fans behaved well on Sunday.
Chief Inspector Paul Betts, who was leading the policing operation, said: "There was a small number of potential flashpoints between rival groups of fans at Brighton and Falmer railway stations, but these involved a small minority and we were able to deal with them very quickly.
"I should like to thank supporters from both sides who heeded appeals from the clubs, supporters' groups and the police to enjoy the game in a spirit of rivalry, not violence.
 "We did have to hold back some Crystal Palace fans for 10-15 minutes while we waited for their train to arrive at the end of the match. This was for public safety reasons and I thank them for their patience while this happened.
 "There were only three arrests at the Amex [Brighton's stadium] two for being drunk and disorderly and one for possession of Class A drugs, and our colleagues from British Transport Police made two arrests for public order offences."
The arrests included a 36-year-old man from South Croydon, on suspicion of a public order offence, and an 18-year-old man from Caterham, who was detained after being seen to spit on members of the public from a railway bridge.
Palace lost Sunday's match 3-0.

Crystal Palace fans praised for good behaviour after Brighton defeat


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