Police arrest three Chelsea fans on suspicion of possessing flares before Swansea City game
POLICE arrested three Chelsea fans on suspicion of possessing flares before last night's Capital One Cup semi-final at The Liberty Stadium.
The arrests followed a joint operation involving South Wales Police and Swansea City FC to prevent the use of flares and smoke by supporters at the match.
The proactive operation saw police officers, using specially trained sniffer dogs, collaborate with the club and stewards to search supporters before they entered the ground.
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Match commander, Superintendent Steve Furnham of South Wales Police, said: "While these instances are rare at football matches their use is very dangerous and can have disastrous consequences.
"There is no place for this type of thing in football and their possession and use will not be tolerated.
"We worked closely with Swansea City FC and the club's stewarding staff to ensure the game passed off without any serious incidents.
"The weather has caused severe problems for many supporters from both sides and we have worked closely with our partners in Swansea to ensure fans have been able to get to and from the stadium safely."
The 0-0 draw saw Swansea go through on aggregate to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley next month, where they will face League Two outfit Bradford.