Fans urged to enjoy Aberdeen v Rangers in responsible manner
Published 01 December 2017
Police Officers in Aberdeen have advised football fans that any anti-social behaviour at the Aberdeen FC v Rangers FC match this weekend at Pittodrie will not be tolerated.
A large crowd is anticipated to attend the stadium for the kick-off at 12.30pm on Sunday, 3 December, with many more watching in licensed premises across the city. Superintendent Richard Craig is advising fans to allow additional time for their journey, arrive early and is reminding them that alcohol will not be permitted within the stadium.
He said: "The overwhelming majority of those attending the game will be well-behaved and they have the right to enjoy the match in a safe environment. Disorder in any form will not be tolerated and those who choose to engage in anti-social behaviour will be firmly dealt with.
"We want the public to enjoy their day out in the city, be that with friends or family members, in a safe and disorder free atmosphere.
"We have been working closely with Aberdeen FC and our key partners to prepare for the fixture and ask that the public supports us to ensure the event passes without incident.
"Additional specialist officers will be in place to support local resources, in addition, dog handlers and the mounted branch will also be in attendance. A search operation will also take place in the vicinity of the stadium and at the turnstiles."
Fans are reminded that it is an offence to drink alcohol within the stadium and when travelling by bus to and from the game. Those who attend the ground in an intoxicated state will not be permitted access."
Superintendent Craig added: "Fans will be closely monitored as they enter the stadium for possession of alcohol or pyrotechnics.
"Many of the incidents we deal with involve excessive alcohol, so I urge people not to let themselves or the club down and spoil what should be a memorable occasion and an enjoyable day out.
"If you are travelling into Aberdeen for the game please take account of the potential adverse weather conditions, plan your journey in advance and allow additional time to get into the stadium."
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