Dundee United fans claim they were put at unnecessary risk when they were held back after Saturday’s match against Aberdeen.
Away supporters have raised concerns over the way their exit from Pittodrie after the club’s 1-0 defeat was handled.
Travelling United diehards were held back “in the interest of public safety”, with the gates leading on to Park Road from the stadium closed.
When the Tangerines faithful was allowed to leave, however, only one section of the gate was opened to enable them to exit.
Afterwards some said they were lucky not to be injured.
One United fan, who asked not to be named, said: “It was an unnecessary risk.”
— Sho🤟🏼🏴 (@shomac28) November 12, 2022
Others took to Twitter to voice their frustration, with supporters claiming they raised their concerns with police at the time.
Police say they have received no official complaints about crowd control.
One fan wrote: “S***e treatment of away fans closing most of the exit gates.
“Luckily there wasn’t a crush this time. This can’t happen again.”
Was at the bottom at the road. Only had the 1 gate open so people were getting pushed towards the closed one
— Chris🏴 (@arabforlife83) November 13, 2022
Another added: “The gates were shut outside.
“Then they opened one and, for some inexplicable reason, opened only one [potentially] causing a crush.
“The police outside were furious. I approached one and he said they were reporting it as it was dangerous.”
‘Operational decision to hold supporters back’
Police stand by its handling of the post-match operations and they are unaware of any reports of crushing at the gate.
Chief Inspector David Paterson said: “It was an operational decision to hold supporters back after the fixture, made between Aberdeen FC and Police Scotland in the interest of public safety.
“This decision was relayed across the public announcement system 10 minutes before the final whistle.
“The opening and closing of gates is a stewarding function under the direction of the club safety officers.
“This ‘hold’ on fans was for a very short time and we were unaware of any reports of crushing or public safety risks.
“We did not receive any reports of injuries sustained, and have not received any complaints.
“As with any match, Police Scotland and AFC will take away any learning from Saturday night’s game for future fixtures.”
Aberdeen FC did not respond to a request for comment.
Warning before match
Ahead of Saturday’s fixture, Aberdeen city centre’s Chief Inspector warned anti-social behaviour of any kind would not be tolerated.
Additional police resources were deployed to the Pittodrie area, following disturbances prior to the Dons v Hibernian match the previous week which saw 10 arrests.