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  • 21 October 2011 15:13
  • Posted by MCFC Press Office

Expectations are rising ahead of this Sunday's Manchester derby.

Both clubs have been in full co-operation with Greater Manchester Police,  and Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts from GMP’s Trafford Division has issued the following statement: "The derby match always creates a good atmosphere and many thousands of fans will be out to enjoy what is a great occasion in the football calendar.

“The rivalry between the clubs really adds something extra to this fixture and should be embraced, but we must also ensure this is not used as an excuse by some fans to carry out football-related violence and disorder.

“Both clubs have been working closely with police and the CPS in the lead up to the game, to ensure the event is a safe and enjoyable one for all that attend.

“We’ve seen great shows of unity recently between both clubs - such as the laying of the wreath by Manchester City officials in commemoration of the Munich Air Disaster - and I would urge supporters of both sides to follow suit and enjoy this fixture in the true spirit of the game.

"We want fans to enjoy themselves, but at the same time, we want to make it clear to the minority of fans who may be thinking of causing any trouble that we will clamp down hard on them.

"Both Manchester United and Manchester City are supportive of the fact that anyone who is arrested in connection with causing trouble at the derby or in a related incident elsewhere this weekend, runs the risk of being banned from entering their respective clubs again in the future.”

There will be additional police patrols in place in the city centre and around the ground to deal with the large number of fans who are attending and officers will be visiting pubs where the match is being shown live on TV.

Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts continued: “The game will also be televised so we take this opportunity to remind anyone watching at home that we are well aware that competitive tension and increased alcohol consumption can sometimes provoke abuse and violence at home.

"Please be clear that we will also come down hard on anyone that carries out any act of domestic abuse - there is never an excuse for this to happen. We encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse to contact us as full support and valuable help is available to those in need from both GMP and our partner agencies.”

Anyone affected by domestic abuse can call The Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0161 636 7525 or go to: www.endthefear.co.uk.

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