COME and enjoy the game – but behave.
That was the warning to Huddersfield Town fans today, ahead of Sunday’s big play-off final at Old Trafford.
Greater Manchester Police is gearing up to welcome tens of thousands of football fans to the region ahead of the League I play-off final.
A major policing operation is under way to ensure all travelling fans have a safe and enjoyable time.
Allocated parking areas have been identified around the stadium and police are urging fans not to use unofficial parking areas.
Officers will also be on hand to assist those using public transport to get to the stadium for the 3pm kick-off against Peterborough.
Chief Supt Mark Roberts, Divisional Commander for Trafford, said: “I want to extend a very warm welcome to those sides involved in the play-off finals and all the dedicated fans that will be coming to Greater Manchester.
“Unfortunately not everyone will be going home happy but I hope all supporters enjoy the experience of watching their team in the play-off final in what I am sure will be an absorbing atmosphere in and around the stadium.
“The force has a wealth of experience when it comes to policing high-profile sporting events and you will find a large number of officers on hand to help make the day as an enjoyable experience as possible.”
Police have been working with pubs around the ground and officers will be on hand to direct fans to bars and restaurants.
And police stressed officers will rigidly enforce the prohibition of on street drinking across Trafford including the area around the ground, where no one is permitted to drink alcohol from cans or bottles.
Chief Supt Roberts added: “I hope everyone enjoys the occasion but I know emotions will be running high and I want to stress that anyone thinking of coming here with the intention of causing trouble can think again. We will not tolerate any sort of disorder, drink related or otherwise.”