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  • "Back to the present day, the majority of both the Brighton and the Palace fans were well behaved, yes plenty of banter, but not spoiling for a fight. All the 2500 palace fans were season ticket holders at Palace, it was the only way you could get a ticket with such a small allocation of tickets. With the chance of getting into trouble and then losing your season ticket at Palace or Brighton as the result nobody was going to be that stupid. An arrest figure of 28 out of over 20,000 shows that. I do think the Police need to sort it out better, if they think the Millwall, Pompey, Cardiff or West Ham fans will be the same it could be carnage. Letting both sets of fans mingle at the station and all the way to Brighton has tragedy written all over it."
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Sussex Police hail Albion v Palace match work a success

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Video: The policing of Albion’s match against Crystal Palace has been hailed a success by the city’s police chief despite fights breaking out at three railways stations.

A total of 28 people were arrested as fans clashed at Brighton, Falmer and Lewes, with yobs taunting opposition supporters, throwing objects, urinating on rivals and brawling.

But police warned yesterday more people would be arrested in connection with the violence.

Among those arrested were a 41-year-old Seaford man arrested at Lewes Station on suspicion of assault and a 29-year-old Hove man arrested outside the ground for the same offence.

Some fans had criticised the move by police not to keep Palace supporters in the ground after the final whistle and not to force opposing fans to take separate trains back into Brighton.

Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett said the moves had been considered but were not operationally possible, despite there being 200 officers on duty.

He added: “Overall it was very successful.

“There were more police officers than we have had before and there were only three seats of disorder throughout the whole night from 2pm to midnight.

“There will always be lessons to be learnt when policing big events at new venues.

“I don’t anticipate we will see that level of policing for a Championship game again this season but you never know if the intelligence changes.”

See the full story in The Argus today.

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