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West Yorkshire Police to consider lifting Millwall restrictions

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WEST Yorkshire Police have revealed that restrictions imposed on Millwall fans travelling to Elland Road could be lifted this season.

Lions supporters going to watch their side take on Leeds have been forced to collect match tickets from a motorway service station, under police supervision, in recent years.

Manager Ian Holloway has slammed the treatment of Millwall fans as "absolutely wrong".

And police have confirmed that those arrangements will be scrapped if a "safety assesment" finds there is no threat of disorder at the next fixture in February.

A statement released by the force on behalf of Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, read:

"There have historically been issues of disorder associated with the Leeds United fixture, most recently down in London, and this is why the fixture is categorised as a higher risk of disorder fixture than some others.

"However disorder has not been replicated at Elland Road for some time now and as a consequence we have worked with both clubs and the Football League to reduce restrictions which have previously been in place, including allowing the sale of alcohol in the stadium and reverting to conventional 3pm kick off times.

"These measures have generally been very well received by fans and we will continue to look at opportunities to reduce restrictions even further.

"We want to minimise inconveniencing supporters as much as possible, but this intention and decisions relating to the policing operating will be proportionate to the threat, and always set against the context of the developing intelligence picture that is worked on in advance of the fixtures.

"In terms of the future fixture early in the new year, we will be engaging with both clubs and reviewing their risk reduction measures and assessing intelligence with a view to making an informed decision with regard to the safety of this match.

"If, based on our collective assessment, it is felt we can remove the 'voucher for ticket' arrangements then we will look to do so as part of a wider series of measures to minimise the threat of disorder at this fixture."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

19 thoughts on “West Yorkshire Police to consider lifting Millwall restrictions

  • October 10, 2014 at 14:48
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    FU**ING FINALLY!!

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  • October 10, 2014 at 16:18
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    About frickin time lads.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 16:58
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    Bet W Yorkshire old bill, follow this up with plenty of goading at the ground? NOLU

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  • October 10, 2014 at 17:24
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    Don't get too excited. It hasn't been lifted yet.
    Maybe this is the first International Championship game that Mr Ambler was talking about.
    Leeds United vs Millwall in Outer Mongolia.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 17:49
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    A well balance statement given the inpression the leeds filth are lifting the ban on millwall fans.
    reading it is like watching a political broadcast.
    It tells us absolutely nothing..
    this as been forced on them by the lions trust who are preparing a case to bring before the euro courts of human rights.which include the freedom to travel..so keep the pressure on the leeds filth.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 19:18
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    What are we supposed to be grateful that your now gonna treat us like human beings

    Northern mugs

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  • October 10, 2014 at 20:24
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    More chance of getting s**t out of a rocking horse.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 21:39
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    The lions trust are doing there bit nows the time for our fan on the board to start a petition & give it to the euro court all millwall fans must stick together & show the whole of football never to mess with millwall fans again.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 22:11
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    if it is lifted everyone possible should try to make it - take 4000 up there - and be perfectly behaved unless provoked

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    • October 11, 2014 at 00:32
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      @timchimes:

      No, be perfectly behaved, full stop - don't give them any excuses.

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  • October 11, 2014 at 08:29
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    They will lift the ban. Then move it to a Saturday 12:15ko and only give us1200 tickets.

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    • October 11, 2014 at 10:07
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      @longsuttonlion: that's when we're see if our board backs us or just rolls over as usual.

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  • October 11, 2014 at 11:23
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    On a more positive note, I see DJ Cambell was cleared of match fixing allegations and is now playing for free at Maidenhead. Ollie stood by him and said at the time that he didn't believe the accusations

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    • October 11, 2014 at 14:03
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      @glyngo: 3-4yrs ago he was in the PL.now he's in non league football....did he really get of.

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      • October 11, 2014 at 15:08
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        @Jim28: there's a few that's done a lot worse & still making a good living. And they call us scum.

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      • October 12, 2014 at 11:55
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        @Jim28: at least he can say that his name is cleared, but you are right. End of his career has been hampered by this case.

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  • October 12, 2014 at 18:42
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    Watching England game, just spotted Millwall on tour flag in the corner
    Luv it

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      • October 12, 2014 at 19:05
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        @Jim28: they didn't hav any vouchers to stand next to us. Lol

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