Derbyshire Police have released these safety instructions ahead of Mansfield Town's trip to Chesterfield on Saturday
Their match commander in charge of policing for this weekend’s local derby fixture at the Proact Stadium is working to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all those attending.
Chief Superintendent, Jim Allen said:
“Whilst the vast majority of football fans are law abiding people who attend the football to enjoy the match day experience, there are, on occasion, small pockets of fans who risk ruining that experience for others by engaging in disorder.
“We recognise that this could be a very important fixture in the history of both clubs and our aim is to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment at the match, in the town and in the surrounding areas on Saturday.
“Our goal is to keep disruption to a minimum for both fans and local residents, and we ask for the co-operation of supporters from both sides in our effort to do so.
“Fans are advised to expect a significant police presence, including mounted police and measures are being taken to limit opportunities for disorder. This may include a staggered exit from the stadium at the end of the game, where Mansfield supporters are advised to remain seated until the home fans have left the stadium. If this is necessary, we have worked with the club to ensure that access to toilets and smoking areas will be available.
“Further advice regarding this exit strategy will be issued at a later date.
“However, I would like to stress that anyone who misbehaves at this game will be swiftly dealt with. This should be a memorable day out for fans purely to enjoy sport and not for any other reason.”
Supporters are reminded that Chesterfield Town, Mansfield Town, Derbyshire Constabulary and Nottinghamshire Police have joint protocols for people arrested and convicted of football related offences or who commit breaches of ground regulation.
Any arrest, conviction or breach could result in club bans which will prevent individuals attending any future fixtures at the Proact Stadium or the One Call Stadium for a predetermined period.
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