TWO men were arrested after eight smoke bombs were set off at Aberdeen FC’s New Year clash with Dundee United.
Smoke bombs and flares were let off in the away stands at Tannadice, as around 3,700 Dons fans made the short trip to Dundee.
Chief Superintendent Craig Suttie, match commander for the fixture, said: “While both sets of supporters attended the match in good seasonal spirit and were well behaved, it was disappointing that there were seven smoke pellets let off in the West Stand at Tannadice.
“Another pellet was allegedly set off at a licensed premises.
“We arrested one person for the incident in the stadium and another for the incident elsewhere in Dundee. Both arrests were in relation to possession of this type of item.
“It’s disappointing to see this trend of bringing items of this type to major events such as football matches.
“People should be in no doubt that we will not tolerate their use.
“I deplore their use because they not only impact on people’s enjoyment — they also present the very real potential to impact negatively on the safety of people.”
The Dons came from behind to secure a 2-1 in the New Firm derby.
Barry Robson levelled from the spot after John Souttar had opened the scoring for the Tayside outfit. Reds winger Peter Pawlett then sent the Aberdeen fans wild when he scored the winner three minutes into injury time as the Dons kept in touch with second-placed Motherwell.
In a separate incident, a soft drinks cup was thrown at Dundee United’s Aberdeen-born midfielder Ryan Gauld from the away section.
Dons keeper Jamie Langfield was also targeted by the Dundee United supporters, who threw paper balls at him.