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Published On: Fri, Apr 21st, 2017 at 6:40pm

Police urge fans to concentrate on football ahead of Scottish Cup semi-final

Greater Glasgow’s police chief is urging supporters to “focus on the football” ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Cup Semi-Final fixture between Hibernian and Aberdeen.

A number of roadworks are in place that may affect those travelling to Hampden and police are advising supporters to plan travel ahead.

Traffic management plans are in place and officers will carry out specific operations to ensure the safety of those attending the matches.

Chief Supt Brian McInulty said, “Once again, Glasgow hosts a fantastic weekend of football which is sure to be exciting. As is normal, we have a robust policing plan in place for these fixtures with public safety being firmly at the heart of it.

“You may see additional officers in Glasgow and around the stadium who will assist those supporters attending at the stadium. Although the majority of supporters attending these matches are well-behaved and enjoy the game, there is often a minority who are intent on drinking too much alcohol and engage in criminal behaviour such as vandalism, disorder or offensive behaviour.

“There are still a number of road works in place on the M8 and M74 which may impact on those travelling to the stadium. Plan your outing in advance, know your travel plans, drink responsibly and be aware of any restrictions on what you can bring into the stadium such as pyrotechnic devices.

“Let’s keep the semi-finals focused on the football so that supporters can enjoy a safe match.”

Officers will be working with a range of partners including the clubs and British Transport Police.

Chief Inspector Stuart Wilson from British Transport Police, said, “This weekend’s matches are an important fixture for both teams and we are looking forward to welcoming fans as they make their way to Hampden. Preparations for this have been in place for many weeks and alongside Police Scotland we will have a highly visible policing presence in order to deter crime and antisocial behaviour.

“We want fans to enjoy themselves and will be working hard ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable journey. Officers from BTP will be at stations throughout Glasgow as well as joining fans on-trains as they make their way to the game. Passengers are the eyes and ears of the network and I’d encourage anyone who does have any concerns while travelling on the railway to report them to us by simply texting 61016.”

Please comply with all safety and security arrangements relating to Hampden Stadium as it is an offence to:

  • Use threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or to display written material likely to stir up hate crimes.
  • Enter the sports ground if you are in possession of any pyrotechnic device including flares, fireworks, smoke devices, pellets etc (matches/cigarette lighters are not included).
  • Attempt to enter the sports ground with a controlled container (any bottle, can or other portable container whether open or sealed) or alcohol either prior to, during or after the game. This is also the case inside the arena or in the surrounding area.
  • Be drunk within or to attempt to enter a sports stadium or surrounding area whilst drunk.
  • Be in possession of alcohol or be drunk aboard a coach or mini-bus taking you to a sporting event. The driver, keeper, employee or person hiring the vehicle on which alcohol is being carried also commits an offence. Please not that police checks will be carried out on buses and mini buses travelling to the game.
  • Drink alcohol or be in possession of an open container which contains alcohol in a public place.
  • Please be aware that if you commit any of these offences you will be arrested and held in custody for court which may involve missing your journey home. Why risk it?
  • Please ensure that your match ticket is for seating allocated to the relevant side as you may be removed if you are in the wrong seat.
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About the Author

- John graduated from Telford College in 2010 with an HNC in Practical Journalism and since then has worked for the North Edinburgh News, The Southern Reporter, the Irish News Review and the Edinburgh Reporter. In addition he has been published in the Edinburgh Evening News and the Hibernian HC Programme.

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