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Leeds United fans threw bottles and chairs at Ipswich Town fans, police say

PUBLISHED: 10:43 14 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:13 14 January 2018

Ipswich Town fans during the match against Leeds United at Portman Road on Saturday, January 14 2018. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Ipswich Town fans during the match against Leeds United at Portman Road on Saturday, January 14 2018. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Leeds United fans threw bottles and broken seats at Ipswich Town fans during yesterday’s match at Portman Road, police have confirmed.

There was a larger than normal match day police presence in Portman Road yesterday as Town hosted Leeds United. Picture: PAUL GEATERThere was a larger than normal match day police presence in Portman Road yesterday as Town hosted Leeds United. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Officers are also investigating at least one report that a coin was thrown in the “upper east” Cobbold Stand, where around 700 season-ticket holders were forced to move seats prior to kick-off to create an extra block of up to 3,000 additional away fans across the top tier.

The club announced the move in November to increase Leeds’ ticket allocation to a total of 5,000 and avoid the controversial ‘all-ticket’ matchday rules put in place when ‘big games’ are sold out and concerns arise that away fans could enter home sections on the day.

Town beat 10-man Leeds 1-0 thanks to a Bersant Celina 67th minute goal in the Championship match on Saturday afternoon.

Bersant Celina fires Ipswich Town into the lead with a 25-yard wonder strike in the second half. Picture: STEVE WALLERBersant Celina fires Ipswich Town into the lead with a 25-yard wonder strike in the second half. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Leeds midfielder Eunan O’Kane was sent off in the 37th minute for an off-the-ball incident involving Jonas Knudsen.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said a “flashbang” was released by Leeds fans in the stands after O’Kane was given a straight red card.

The force spokesman said: “The Leeds fans also broke chairs and threw them.”

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy. Picture: STEVE WALLERIpswich Town manager Mick McCarthy. Picture: STEVE WALLER

At 4.35pm, shortly after Celina’s goal, “bottles were thrown by Leeds fans towards the Sir Bobby Robson stand”.

A minute later, police received a report that a coin had been thrown “from the upper east Cobbold Stand to the south east corner”.

“It looks like they misbehaved somewhat,” the Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said.

A number of Ipswich fans reportedly moved to a different stand during the match.

No arrests appear to have been made, the force spokesman said this morning. This will be confirmed by police later today.

There were no immediate reports of any incidents between the two sets of fans after the match.

The official match attendance was 18,637, of which 3,537 were Leeds United fans.

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