Fans urged to behave at football match

FANS of Ipswich Town and Cardiff City were today told to behave responsibly when the two teams clash at Portman Road later this month.

FANS of Ipswich Town and Cardiff City were today told to behave responsibly when the two teams clash at Portman Road later this month.

Jim Magilton's team entertain the Bluebirds in the Championship on December 13.

There will be more than 100 officers from Suffolk police and British Transport Police on duty on the day.

Detective superintendent Tim Beach will be overseeing the policing operation.

He said: “This will be an exciting game for both teams.

“We hope that people celebrate the match sensibly and in the right spirit.

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“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.”

Police said the tactics used could result in minor delays and might restrict movement around the ground.

Portman Road will be inaccessible to home fans and the public for a short time after the game while Cardiff fans are escorted to their transport.

Pc Marc Norman, 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 1.30pm and kick off is at 3pm.