Police issue derby warning to fans

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SUPPORTERS deemed to be acting in an 'inappropriate manner' during Saturday's London derby between Millwall and West Ham can expect lifetime bans from both clubs, the Metropolitan Police have warned.

A joint statement released by both the police and the two clubs stresses there will be a 'zero tolerance' approach to crowd trouble.

Through a ban on alcohol and a heavy police presence, the Met are aiming to emulate the good behaviour demonstrated by both sets of supporters during the 0-0 draw between the bitter rivals at The Den in September.

“Both football clubs and the MPS have been working closely together since August and have formed a strong partnership that aims to deliver an enjoyable afternoon of football for fans of both teams, whatever their age," the statement read.

"It is hoped that fans attending the return game at the Boleyn Ground will continue this positive development.”

“There will be a complete alcohol ban in the stadium and in all surrounding pubs and off-licenses. This ban complements the existing Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) already in place across the borough of Newham.

“There will be a zero tolerance policy towards anybody who behaves in an inappropriate manner… There will be a large, noticeable MPS presence on duty to help ensure the safety of supporters and they will also deal with any inappropriate behaviour quickly and robustly.

“Anybody found acting in this way can expect lifetime bans from both clubs and prosecution to the full extent of the law.”

Conor Sefton

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