Football fans asked to behave

POLICE are calling for football supporters to behave responsibly ahead of Ipswich's match with Cardiff next week.

POLICE are calling for football supporters to behave responsibly ahead of Ipswich's match with Cardiff next week.

Around 100 officers from Suffolk and the British Transport Police will be at Portman Road for the fixture next Wednesday and they are warning there will be restrictions in place.

Portman Road will be closed to home fans and the public for a short time after the match as officers escort Cardiff fans from the ground.

Detective Superintendent Chris Mayhew, who will be overseeing the policing operation, said: “This will be an exciting game for both teams. We hope that people celebrate the match sensibly and in the right spirit.

“We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol fuelled disorder. We will continue our use of firm but fair policing to ensure the safety of those attending the game and those members of the public wishing to go about their normal business.”

People not attending the game are being asked to avoid the area due to crowd and traffic congestion.

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The match between the Championship sides was re-arranged from March 8 due to Cardiff reaching the FA Cup quarter finals.

PC Marc Norman, Suffolk's Football Intelligence Officer, said: “Our message is simple; enjoy the game, stay onside and don't spoil it for others.”

The turnstiles and stadium bars will be open from 6.30pm and kick off is at 7.45pm.

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