By Amir Mir
West Midlands police have revealed that Aston Villa fans will be held in St Andrews for a short-period of time after the Birmingham derby on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Bruce’s men travel to their arch rivals for what is expected to be a highly charged atmosphere in the second City derby.
Villa have been allocated 2,000 away tickets for the fixture, with the ground already reduced to 25,000 on safety grounds.
Now, local police have confirmed why they have come to the decision to hold back the Villa support in the ground, after the game.
“The vast majority of supporters are well-behaved but there may be some who see the fixture as an excuse to cause trouble,” match commander Chief Inspector Nick Rowe told the Birmingham Mail.
“One of the things we’ve done this time is consulted widely with the Aston Villa fans and we are going to be holding them back for a short period.
“They’re in partnership with that and they’re fully supportive.”
This will be the first league meeting between the two sides in five seasons, but Villa did beat their rivals 1-0 last November in the League Cup at Villa Park.
Promotion winning expert Bruce will return to St Andrews as Villa manager, with the former centre-back guiding the Blues to two promotions between 2001-07.
Bruce has recorded back-t0-back wins for Villa against Reading and Fulham, since his arrival in early October.
His side are 16th in the table, with 17 points from seven games, six behind rivals Birmingham, who are in seventh.
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