Police warn fans ahead of derby

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FOOTBALL fans travelling to Hillsborough for the Sheffield derby this weekend have been warned by police to leave plenty time to get to the ground.

Nobody who is drunk or under the influence of drugs will be allowed into the game, which starts at 1pm on Sunday6.

Because of the large number of people travelling to Hillsborough, police say they anticipate there will be “some traffic congestion”, and are advising plans to use public transport.

Superintendent Simon Verrall, who will be responsible for policing the game, said: “We want the game to showcase the city, and we want everyone who is attending the game to have an enjoyable time in support of the teams.

“However, we need to be prepared for any possible occurrences such as public disorder, and anti-social behaviour.

“Crowd control barriers will be used outside the stadium at the West Stand on Leppings Lane to assist in ensuring public safety, and officers will use their powers to order any troublesome fans away from the grounds.

“There are currently 121 people who are banned from attending the game on Sunday and future matches.”