Police warn East Anglian rivals

19 April 2011 04:00
Rival supporters have been warned by police to behave at Thursday's East Anglian derby showdown between Ipswich and Norwich at Portman Road. This week's match was originally scheduled for Good Friday and the move to Thursday means it will be the first evening kick-off for the fixture since 1998. Superintendent John Everett will be overseeing the policing operation, which will involve more than 300 officers from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, and the British Transport Police. He said: "We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder. "We will replicate the tactics used in escorting visitors to and from Portman Road and will delay away supporters leaving the stadium after the final whistle to prevent any disorder. I respectfully request that fans remain in their seats until they are directed to leave the stadium. "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."

Source: PA