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Fans warned over Inter Milan match

PUBLISHED: 22:46 27 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

POLICE have warned fans travelling abroad ahead of the Blues' second-leg UEFA tie next week that they face a security procedures "far more rigid" than they are used to.

POLICE have warned fans travelling abroad ahead of the Blues' second-leg UEFA tie next week that they face a security procedures "far more rigid" than they are used to.

Nearly 8,000 Ipswich Town fans now have tickets, police have confirmed. But more are expected to go to Italy without tickets and police have warned that they may be disappointed.

Ipswich area commander Chief Superintendent Aldwyn Jones visited Milan to meet Milan police officials and the British Consulate.

He said Italian police were aware of Town fans' "excellent reputation abroad" but wanted to advise the fans of a few points:

Fans are expected to be at the ground approximately two hours before kick-off

Before entering the ground each fan will be searched; it is expected that coins, bottles, cans and flags will be confiscated (fans are advised to carry only paper currency)

At the end of the game, supporters will be asked to remain at the ground for around an hour before leaving

Fans should not consume a lot of alcohol before they go to the stadium

Police officers will be travelling from Ipswich and will be liasing closely with their Italian counterparts.

Ch Supt Aldwyn Jones said: "I feel it is my responsibility to make the fans aware of what they can expect when they arrive in Milan as some of the security procedures are far more rigid than those they would encounter at English clubs."

He also warned people to be extra vigilant as pickpockets were known to be active in the city of Milan.

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