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Swindon Town v Sheffield Utd: Arrests 'may follow pitch invasion'

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Image caption Although the game ended in a 5-5 draw Swindon won 7-6 on aggregate

CCTV of a pitch invasion following Swindon Town's play-off semi-final against Sheffield United is to be examined by police.

Wiltshire Police said they had to use batons to separate fans and warned there may be "follow up arrests".

The invasion happened after an epic 5-5 draw saw Swindon beat Sheffield United 7-6 on aggregate to get through to the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Officers said the "vast majority" of fans were well behaved.

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Image caption The play-off semi-final second leg took place at the County Ground on Monday night

But one Sheffield United supporter was arrested outside the County Ground on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

"Some baton strikes were used at the Sheffield end to prevent disorder between the supporters," a police spokesman said.

"This was triggered by a pitch invasion mainly by Swindon supporters."

Swindon Town will play Preston North End in the play-off final on 24 May, with the winners being promoted to the Championship.

But fans who are hoping to travel to the capital by rail are being warned there are no trains out of Swindon on that Sunday because of engineering work.

A Network Rail spokesman said new signalling equipment is being tested "which can only take place when trains are not running".

He added additional coach services from Swindon would be run to Reading on the day and advised passengers to check with National Rail Enquiries before travel.

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