Football matches & other major events
Everyone should be able to go to a football match or other event in Scotland and feel safe.
Here are a few points which will help you enjoy yourself:
- Plan your journey before you go
- Get there in plenty of time
- If you’re using public transport make sure you know when your last bus or train is
- Keep in touch with your friends or family
- Know what the safety and security arrangements are
- Make sure you know the conditions of entry
- Drink alcohol responsibly - you could be refused entry if you are drunk
- Taking pyrotechnics or fireworks into an event is a criminal offence
- Think about the general public and those living and working near the venue
- The home club or event organiser are responsible for your safety
- Our officers can offer help and be available to help minimise disruption.
Public processions - Police Scotland's role
Public safety is a priority for Police Scotland. We also respect the right to assembly.
The decision to change the route, the timing or prohibit any procession is for the relevant local authority.
Police Scotland is committed to helping councils. We can help advise on public safety, disorder, damage to property or disruption to the life of the community.
Before any procession, a policing and traffic management plan will be put in place. This will ensure the safety of those taking part and anyone taking part in a lawful counter demonstration. It will also minimise the effect on the local community.
We work closely with councils, the organisers and other stakeholders to facilitate a procession and any counter demonstration safely.
Police Scotland is happy to talk to any organisation or member of the public to discuss our policing of these events.