Boisterous Manchester derby football fans are being warned by police that abuse and violence will not be tolerated.
There will be a highly-charged atmosphere during the Premier League’s juggernaut tie between Manchester City and Manchester United, which takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Monday 30.
And extra police officers have been called into the city centre and surrounding areas to clamp down on brutish behaviour.
Chief Superintendent John O’Hare said: “We want to ensure that the city of Manchester, both of its clubs and its fans are remembered for the right reasons. We should celebrate the fact that the Premier League is coming to Manchester.”
He added: “The rivalry between the clubs really adds something extra to this fixture and should be embraced, but we must also ensure that this is not used as an excuse by some individuals to become involved in disorder.”
Anyone caught with alcohol on the streets within the alcohol exclusion zone, stretching from the city centre to the stadium, will have it confiscated.
In addition, anyone arriving at the stadium under the influence of excess alcohol will be refused entry.
Chief Superintendent O’Hare continued: “Both Manchester United and Manchester City are supportive of the fact that anyone who is arrested in connection with causing trouble at the derby, runs the risk of being banned from entering their respective clubs again in the future.
“The game will also be televised so we take this opportunity to remind anyone watching at home that we are well aware that competitive tension and increased alcohol consumption can sometimes provoke abuse and violence at home.
“There will be extra officers on duty to support victims of domestic abuse. We encourage anyone who is a victim to contact us as full support and valuable help is available to those in need from both GMP and our partner agencies.”
Anyone affected by domestic abuse can call The Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0161 636 7525 or go to: www.endthefear.co.uk.
If you want to get help to stop your abusive behaviour call the Respect Helpline on 0800 802 4040.