Town v Cardiff: Police warn fans

POLICE have appealed to Ipswich Town and Cardiff City fans to behave as they announced plans to close Portman Road after the March game.

POLICE have appealed to Ipswich Town and Cardiff City fans to behave as they announced plans to close Portman Road after the March game.

The match takes place on Saturday, March 8 and police have asked fans to act “respectfully and responsibly”.

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

Police said there may be some minor delays and movement may be restricted in the area around the ground but both sets of fans are asked to be flexible as officers try to ensure everyone's safety.

The policing operation will involve more than 100 officers from Suffolk and British Transport Police.

Det Sup Chris Mayhew 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.”

The stadium's turnstiles and bars will be open from 1.30pm and kick off is at 3pm.

The public is asked to be prepared for crowd and traffic congestion and disruption on the day and to avoid the town if not attending the game.

People are advised to share cars and use public transport where possible.

Police said Ipswich and Cardiff fans have a good reputation across the country and it is hoped they live up to this on match day.

Pc Marc Norman, football intelligence officer, said: “Our message is simple; enjoy the game, stay onside and don't spoil it for others.”