Ipswich Beer Festival bans football shirts for Leeds visit

Nigel Smith, Campaign for Real Ale Nigel Smith said the Campaign for Real Ale was "acting on advice"

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The organisers of the Ipswich Beer Festival have banned the wearing of all football shirts.

The event, which runs until 26 August on the waterfront, is introducing the ban for Saturday only, when the Ipswich v Leeds match takes place.

Nigel Smith, festival organiser for Camra, said: "We're not expecting any trouble.

"But, because it's a bank holiday weekend and it's a big match, we're acting on advice from the police."

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) beer festival takes place on Orwell Quay, about one mile (1.6km) from the Portman Road stadium.

It is part of the Ipswich Maritime Festival, which takes place on the waterfront until Monday.

'Drink responsibly'

Mr Smith said: "Football fans can still come along, but we're asking them to either take your football shirt off or cover it up.

"If they can't do that, they can always buy a Camille's Appeal charity T-shirt which we're selling for £4."

Suffolk Police said it usually advised landlords not to allow opposing fans to mix in pubs, but Camra had decided to ban all football shirts.

Supt Louisa Pepper said: "As always we will be appropriately policing both events.

"We are asking people to drink responsibly so that you stay in control of your actions, stick with your friends and make the necessary arrangements to get home and stay safe."

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