Thursday, February 2, 2012
Fans of Millwall and West Ham football clubs are being warned by police to behave when the London teams meet this weekend for a match marred by violence in the past.
The Championship sides will clash in a league fixture at West Ham’s Upton Park ground in Newham on Saturday, with a 12.30pm kick-off.
The Met Police says it is liaising closely with both clubs to ensure the match will be safe and trouble-free.
While there is no information around disorder being organised, the Met, British Transport Police and other agencies are putting a pan-London operation in place for match day.
Police officers will be at Upton Park and throughout London for the duration of the game.
They will also employ a range of tactics to identify and target potential troublemakers.
Fans are being reminded there will be no tickets available to buy on match day and are urged not to travel to the ground without a ticket.
Chief Superintendent Sean Vickers, borough commander for Newham and match commander for the event, said: “The Met has a great deal of experience in policing high-profile football matches in London and whilst we want everyone to enjoy this game we will not tolerate any troublemakers.
“We have been working closely with Millwall and West Ham for several months and together we know we can deliver an event that legitimate football fans will enjoy.
“We appreciate a healthy rivalry between clubs but anything which deviates from this will be dealt with quickly and robustly. There will be no excuses; if you are intent on trouble you will be targeted by our officers and dealt with.”