Town fans warned to take care in Moscow

PUBLISHED: 17:57 25 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

HUNDREDS of Ipswich Town fans heading to Moscow for the Tractor Boys' UEFA Cup second leg match have been warned to be careful by one of Suffolk's top cops.

HUNDREDS of Ipswich Town fans heading to Moscow for the Tractor Boys' UEFA Cup second leg match have been warned to be careful by one of Suffolk's top cops.

Chief Superintendent Aldwyn Jones, southern area commander for Suffolk Constabulary, and three Ipswich officers are set to join 900 troops from the Barmy Army on their European trip to Russia for Thursday's crunch clash with Torpedo Moscow.

Ch Supt Jones today urged travelling supporters to "be a bit wise" when out and about on Moscow's streets and to "respect the places that mean a lot to Russian people, for example, Red Square."

As with other European cities, fans should try and go out in groups of two rather than alone, he said, adding that supporters should check their visa was current before heading abroad.

Two weeks ago, Ch Supt Jones and club officials met Russian authorities and British Embassy officials in Moscow as part of a national agreement aimed at preserving England's reputation abroad.

Today, he urged travelling fans to enjoy the match but to remember they were "representing their club, town and country" in the east European capital.

"We will be making sure everything goes according to plan and the good reputation of Ipswich Town is maintained," Ch Supt Jones said.

The first Ipswich supporters are arriving in the Russian capital ahead of Thursday's UEFA cup clash with Torpedo Moscow.

Parts of Heathrow Airport were turned blue and white as the fans arrived for their morning flights.

"There are a lot of us here for the match," said Town fan and Star columnist Philip Ham.

"There's a very good atmosphere and we're looking forward to seeing the sights of Moscow.

"Because it is quite a big trip, a lot of people are making a short-break holiday of it.

"Some have been there since the weekend – and I'm staying in Moscow until Saturday," he said.

"I've never been to Moscow before although it's a place I've wanted to visit for years. It will be a good trip whatever the result on Thursday."

Most Town fans on official trips will be travelling out tomorrow – and for some the visit will be even shorter.

They are going on a day-trip with an early morning departure from Stansted on Thursday morning and returning after the match late that night.

For fans not able to make the 1,600-mile trip from Ipswich to Moscow, they will be able to see the match live on television.

Channel Five has secured the rights to the match, which kicks off at 6pm British time on Thursday. The programme starts at 5.50pm with John Helm providing commentary on the game.

As Ipswich Town and the club's fans were concentrating on Europe, officials at the FA in London were still considering whether to investigate the incident of Norwich City's rogue scoreboard.

They have been told about Saturday's incident when the scoreboard at Carrow Road flashed the score "Manchester United 1 Scum 0" during the Canaries' match with Burnley.

"We have still not decided whether to investigate the incident," said a spokeswoman for the FA today.

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