Sheffield United sealed their promotion back to the Championship with a 3-0 win over Port Vale on Saturday afternoon. However, crowd violence marred the clash between the two sides at Vale Park.
The ugly incident took place two minutes into the game when Jay O'Shea put the Blades into the lead. Only moments later a smoke bomb was thrown into the home end and allegedly hit a young Port Vale supporter in the face. Vale fans then attempted to charge at the away end, which you can see in the video below.
Three people have since been arrested, but it is not clear at this moment in time whether they are Sheffield United or Port Vale fans.
Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe, Commander of the Staffordshire Police, said (via the Sun): “It became apparent there were groups of people intent on being involved in disorder."
“Our priority was to ensure we disrupted the intentions of a minority with their minds set on causing trouble.”
And Port Vale Supporters’ club vice chairman Mark Porter commented: “People should not be throwing flares, somebody could get seriously injured.
"People should think about their actions as they could have grave consequences and seriously hurt somebody.
"I think when there is trouble it ruins the day and what should be a game of football."