FIVE Barnsley Football Club fans have been banned from attending matches until the end of next season after being arrested at the derby against Doncaster on February 15.

Nearly 3,000 fans made the short trip across South Yorkshire to watch the 2-2 draw, but the club has been forced to release a statement on some fans' behaviour at the Keepmoat Stadium.

A number of smoke canisters were released which resulted in five people being arrested and a further person was arrested for an assault on a steward.

A statement from the club said: "Those who were arrested will be subject to a club banning order for the rest of this season and the 2014/15 season.

"Not only are smoke canisters banned, but they also cause discomfort for fans, especially those suffering from asthma and this was the case with the incident at Doncaster as a young female Barnsley supporter was taken ill.

"Those who wish to cause such disturbances and assaults on others are not the type of supporter we welcome and are using football matches purely as a platform for their anti-social behaviour."

The club - which finds itself the subject of a report by the Football Association for the fourth time this season - has urged supporters and stewards to work together to prevent anti-social issues on match day.