Advice to fans attending the local football derby tonight

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Advice to fans attending the local football derby tonight

Merseyside Police is offering advice to fans planning on attending the local derby match tonight (Tuesday, 28 January).

Match Commander, Chief Supt Carl Krueger, said: “We are looking forward to tonight’s match as it is always a lively and enjoyable affair. My officers will be dealing with the fans as they would expect to be treated themselves. Our policing style will be firm, fair and friendly.

“At the last derby, the behaviour of the majority of the fans was very good. We hope that they will continue to act as ambassadors for their clubs and for the city and enjoy what I am sure will be a good match.

“As always violence and disorder will not be tolerated whether it be inside or outside the ground. Only last week ten* people believed to have been involved in disorder at a bar in Liverpool city centre following a Liverpool home game in December were arrested.

“You might think you are anonymous in the crowd or in a busy bar and no-one can see your anti-social behaviour and actions but think about it next time because the ten people arrested last week had the same thought. These ten people will not be able to attended tonight’s game and they all risk being given Football Banning Orders.

“We work closely with the stewards and any inappropriate behaviour will be acted upon as we don’t want it to affect the enjoyment of genuine fans, especially younger fans, at the game.

“Over the last few months, flares, which can burn at extremely high temperatures, have been spotted at grounds around the country. As a precaution, measures including cordons around the stadium will be used to detect anyone in possession of fireworks or flares. As such, people attending Anfield are advised to arrive in plenty of time to gain entry to the ground because of the enhanced searching procedures taking place.

“In preparation for this game we have been working closely with both clubs and supporters’ groups who are all committed to making this a fun, safe and memorable match for everyone.

“We recognise that the majority of supporters are well behaved and do not endorse anti-social behaviour or the use of flares at games. However, there are a small minority who, in the past, have put themselves and others in danger by throwing these items.

“Fans should ask themselves the question – is this behaviour worth a criminal record, FBO and even the chance of a jail term?

“We will continue with our efforts to deal with the small number of individuals who commit offences at football matches, in particular, with the continued use of FBOs”

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