Brentford prepare for the biggest police operation in their history
Brentford prepares for the biggest police operation in its history when Leeds arrives in the city with the expected disorder whatever the outcome, with the number of officers increased from 100 to 800.
- Police officers on duty will increase from 100 to 800 in Brentford on Sunday
- They fear that the Leeds fans will get out of control, whatever the result
- Field encroachments seen in Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest have raised fears
Brentford are preparing the biggest police operation in their history for Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season at home to Leeds amid fears traveling fans will run amok.
Jesse Marsch’s side are in a relegation fight with Burnley and Everton, who could ease their worries when they play their respective matches against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace on Thursday night.
Brentford has flagged the Leeds fixture as a security risk for some time and has been working with the Metropolitan Police and Hounslow Council to mitigate any issues.
Police fear Leeds fans will bring them trouble, with their side in a relegation fight with Everton and Burnley.
External ticket checks will be carried out off the ground to try to reduce problems.
Sportsmail has learned details of the club’s special operation, including: Increasing the number of Metropolitan Police officers on duty from around 100 to 800; Employing a delegate record of 150 days, up from the previous high of 100; Introduction of external ticket controls outside the stadium for the first time; Limit home ticket sales to Brentford fans who can prove they have attended at least three games this season to reduce the risk of Leeds fans gaining entry.
Brentford’s concerns have increased following the massive pitch invasions that marred Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest’s semi-final wins in the Championship play-offs this week.
Leeds fans rioted in Bournemouth after winning promotion to the old Division One in a weekend of horrific violence in 1990. More recently, the presence of 900 officers failed to prevent riots in the city center when Manchester United visited in February.
There is also recent bad blood between Brentford and Leeds after their clash earlier in the season, where Brentford’s Sergi Canos and Bryan Mbeumo were hit by missiles fired from the crowd at Elland Road.
The biggest police operation seen in Brentford will take place when Leeds comes to town.