Move to ban football fans fails

19 February 2009 02:36
The statement added the council did have powers under the Safety of Sports Ground Act to prohibit or restrict the admission of spectators to a sports ground "if the council is satisfied there is a serious risk to the safety of spectators"."In this light, the council carefully considered the evidence available to it but felt that public safety at Blundell Park was not being put at serious risk by a 3pm kick-off rather than a noon kick-off."The council recognises that appropriate planning and risk mitigation meetings will take place between both the football club and Humberside Police to minimise any risks that may be associated with the match."In a statement Humberside Police said: "The original kick-off time for the match between Grimsby Town and Lincoln City had been agreed as part of the usual pre-season planning."The early kick-off time was based on the known history and circumstances of the two clubs and was intended to minimise risks to public safety."Ch Supt David Hilditch said he respected the council's decision not to restrict the number of spectators attending the match.

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