Football: Bristol derby crowd trouble

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Eleven fans were arrested for public order offences yesterday as crowd trouble again marred the Bristol derby despite stringent security measures. City won the game at the Memorial Ground 2-1.

When trouble flared behind the home goal, two Rovers directors, Geoff Dunford and Barry Bradshaw, raced to the enclosure and appealed for calm. Bradshaw said: "Some City fans had got into our enclosure and there was some fisticuffs. That wasn't our main problem. That came as the crowd in the enclosure surged forward."

At this season's first derby in December, City fans were to blame, with Rovers players attacked during a pitch invasion, and as a result City have a two-point deduction hanging over them. The FA will await a full assessment of the trouble before deciding whether to launch an investigation.

Match report, page 13

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