Grimsby Town-Sheffield United football disorder plan 'failed miserably'

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Image caption Six people were arrested around Grimsby Town's Blundell Park ground on Saturday

Grimsby Town has said efforts to work with police to control disorder at a match, which left two police officers injured, "failed miserably".

Glasses, bottles and other items were thrown after a pre-season friendly between the Mariners and Sheffield United on Saturday.

Four people have been charged after the trouble in Cleethorpes.

Humberside Police said its officers were "brought on duty early to assist in the policing operation".

Image caption Pubs around the stadium were forced to shut during the disorder

But the club said it was "very disappointed" trouble had not been averted and urged the force and British Transport Police (BTP) to work together to "stamp out this unwanted behaviour".

"For many years the club and police have worked together making tremendous strides in controlling disorder, which sadly at the weekend failed miserably," it said.

"Intelligence needs to improve between [Humberside] Police and the British Transport Police to understand who's travelling and controlling the time of arrival."

Humberside Police would not comment on the club's remarks but said football banning orders may be imposed to prevent fans attending future matches.

BTP said it had no powers to prevent supporters travelling to matches unless they were "committing offences or are subject to football banning orders with relevant conditions".

Four men have been charged with assault, affray and public order offences while two other people who were arrested have been released on bail.

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