York City fans set example during weekend of football violence

After a weekend marred by football violence, York City's travelling fans have been praised by the police.

Football

There was fighting in the stands at Wembley during the FA Cup semi-final between Wigan and Millwall and large-scale disorder following Newcastle United's home defeat to Sunderland.

However, the conduct of the 719 supporters who made the trip to Northampton to watch City win three vital points in their battle against relegation on Saturday has been complimented by Northamptonshire Police and Northampton Town Football Club, as well as North Yorkshire Police.

Football Liaison Officer Sgt Colin Sutherland, of York police, travelled to Northampton with the City fans and witnessed their good-natured behaviour first-hand.

He said: "I travelled to the fixture as one of North Yorkshire Police's football liaison officers, working alongside colleagues from Northamptonshire Police before and during the game and they along with Northampton Town Football Club have thanked the York City fans for their good behaviour on Saturday.

"Over the years, football fans generally, have at times, been criticised for their behaviour, so it was very satisfying not only to see for ourselves, but to hear the positive comments fed back to us from Northamptonshire Police and Northampton Town FC, regarding the excellent behaviour of the travelling York City fans.

"When images, such as those from recent events at Wembley are displayed around the world, it was pleasing to see dedicated supporters concentrating solely on vociferously supporting their team, and doing so in the right manner."

York's 2-0 win puts them three points clear of the relegation zone with two games left to play.

15 April 2013

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