Several people were arrested and ejected from the ground before and during today’s match between Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United.

Lancashire Police say they carried out a “significant” operation around Ewood Park during the fixture and that the “overwhelming majority of fans behaved impeccably, as they usually do.”

But they also had to deal with several isolated incidents during the game.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “Before the match two away fans were arrested outside the stadium, a 24-year-old man from Burton in Pembrokeshire on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and a 23-year-old man from Leeds on suspicion of an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

“After Leeds made it 1-0, there was an incident of disorder in The Riverside Stand.

“This resulted in two people being ejected and a 34-year-old man from Chatburn arrested on suspicion of an offence under Section 4 of the Public Order Act.

“In the second half a man was ejected from the Darwen End after making offensive gestures towards supporters in the home end.

“That incident is continuing to be investigated.

“After Leeds went 2-0 up, a 43-year-old man from Leeds was arrested on suspicion of possessing a flare in view of the pitch.

“Despite these isolated incidents, our officers were generally met by good humoured and friendly supporters who played their part in what was a well contested Championship fixture.

“We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those people and wish everyone an enjoyable remainder of the weekend.”