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Spireites to compile a report following claims of overcrowding at the Pirelli

Chesterfield Football Club says it is aware of complaints made by supporters following their away win at Burton Albion on Saturday.

Many fans contacted Peak FM both during and after the game with claims that the East Stand at Burton Albion was over capacity with a significant number of supporters being refused entry to the terraces.

The initial allocation of 1,800 tickets made available to away supporters were sold quickly leading to the clubs agreeing to release a further 200 for sale at the Proact Stadium. Those were also sold leading to a complete sell out for Chesterfield fans.

These supporters told Peak FM about their experiences during the match: 

Chesterfield Fans.

The claims made by supporters have been rejected by Staffordshire Police who were in attendance at the game.

They told Peak FM that the East Stand had not be oversold and that fans had chosen not to stand in the less populated areas at either side.

Chief Inspector David Bird from Staffordshire Police spoke to Peak FM:

Chief Inspector David Bird from Staffordshire Police

The attendance at the game was confirmed as 4,855 with 1,907 visiting supporters which turned out to be Burton Albion's biggest gate of the season.

In the aftermath of the complaints, both clubs gave a statement:

Nick Johnson from Chesterfield FC's Media Department.

Burton Albion Statement:

Burton Albion is aware of complaints made by Chesterfield supporters following Sunday’s fixture between the two teams regarding the number of tickets being sold.

The Club would like to confirm that the number of tickets allocated and sent to Chesterfield Football Club were within the maximum allocation permitted to the East Stand, and that the Club did not and would not sell more tickets than permitted.

The Club worked closely with the Police and stewards in the lead up to and including the matchday and will be investigating any incidents that arose leading up to the game, in the stand and the subsequent pitch invasion by away fans after the final whistle. Any findings will be published in due course.

As a family club we continue to liaise with partners to ensure the matchday experience at the Pirelli Stadium for both home and away fans is an enjoyable one. 

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