York footie fans told to behave.
2:21pm 12th November 2010
Police are warning football supporters to be on their best behaviour ahead of York City’s FA Cup first round replay against Rotherham United next week.
Officers are aware that a minority of York fans were involved in trouble in West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire on route to, before and after the initial tie in Rotherham last Saturday (6th November 2010).
The teams played out a goalless draw, meaning the match will be replayed at Kit-Kat Crescent on Wednesday 17th November 2010 at 7.45pm.
Police are making plans to combat any disorder on Wednesday night and extra patrols will be deployed in the city to deal with any trouble that arises before, during or after the game.
Chief Inspector Dave Hannan, of York Safer Neighbourhood Command, says:
“Wednesday night is a big game for York City and the club’s fans and I am hoping that the minority of people who seem intent on using football as an excuse to cause trouble don’t spoil it for the genuine supporters.
“We are aware of the disorder which occurred last Saturday and we will not tolerate a repeat on Wednesday night. Our officers are ready to deal with any trouble and we will come down hard on any people causing disruption in the city.”
Police are taking the issue of football-related disorder seriously and have the power to impose football banning orders on people who cause trouble at matches.
Chief Inspector Hannan added:
“We can and will seek to impose banning orders on individuals responsible for football-related disorder.
“We will not accept the behaviour of a minority of people who spoil things for others and will go to great lengths to ensure that they are unable to attend matches in the future.”
Football banning orders, which can last between three and ten years, are issued by the courts following a conviction for a football related offence, or after a complaint from the police or the Crown Prosecution Service.
Breaching a football banning order is a criminal offence and can carry a sentence of six months imprisonment.
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