Cleveland Police are warning a minority of football fans who may be intent on engaging in disorder at the upcoming Middlesbrough FC game against Leeds United that their behaviour will not be tolerated.
At a previous game in March 2018 against the club at the Riverside Stadium, five Leeds United fans were arrested in connection with public order offences and throwing missiles.
Officers warn that anyone found to be committing offences will be prosecuted and put before the courts.
Match Commander, Chief Superintendent John Lyons, said: “The overwhelming majority of football fans attending this match will simply wish to watch the game, support their team and enjoy the day, but sadly a small minority of fans attend matches to engage in antisocial behaviour and disorder, which can spoil the game for genuine fans and their families.
“Any incidents such as missile throwing, pitch invasion or public order will not be tolerated. Officers will be in and around the Riverside Stadium alongside colleagues from British Transport Police, Middlesbrough FC and Mounted Section colleagues from Northumbria Police.
“There will be dogs trained to search for pyrotechnics and drugs at all entrances to the stadium and anyone found to be in possession of either will not be permitted to enter and risk facing criminal proceedings.
“Our primary aim on the day is to ensure the safety of everyone in and around the area and to facilitate a friendly and enjoyable day for all the genuine fans and their families who are attending.”
A dispersal order will be in place in the Middlesbrough town centre area, giving police additional powers to disperse any groups who may be causing a disturbance for a period of 24 hours.
Leeds United fans who are travelling to Middlesbrough prior to or after the game are encouraged to gather at Spensley’s Emporium on Albert Road, Middlesbrough.
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