THIRTEEN people were arrested as Oxford United beat fierce rivals Swindon Town 2-0 today.

A few fans threw chairs at rival supporters and tried to breach the segregated area during the match while police were forced to intervene after trouble on fan buses.

Before the match a group of U's fans had attempted to reach a bus carrying Swindon fans after it stopped when a door was forced open, police spokesman Craig Evry said tonight.

Supporters on board caused damage to the bus, throwing "debris" from it.

Another bus was then stopped on the B480 at around 2.30pm after it left the Kassam Stadium because Swindon fans were throwing things at other drivers.

Mr Evry said the arrests were made for criminal damage or public order offences.

Ch Insp Olly Wright added: “As expected, the majority of people attending the match were law-abiding and genuine fans intent on upholding the true spirit of the occasion.

“Sadly, there were was a small minority of people who let themselves and their team down by engaging in violent or disruptive behaviour, resulting in 13 arrests.

“Our policing operation managed to prevent any disorder in the wider city despite the attempts made by this small minority who were clearly intent on causing trouble, and officers were successful in keeping rival troublemakers apart."

United won 2-0, despite star striker James Constable being sent off early in the game.

Goals from Asa Hall and Oli Johnson saw the U's do the double over their fiercest rivals.