Nottingham

Police warn fans ahead of Mansfield-Newport match

Fans attending this weekend's game Mansfield Town-Newport County game are being told to avoid confrontation - or face a ban from all grounds.

In September rival fans violently clashed in Newport town centre before the two teams played a match in Wales.

Six men from Nottinghamshire and five from the Newport area were later charged with violent disorder.

Operational Supt for Mansfield and Ashfield Mark Pollock said police were determined to prevent any trouble.

He said: "All travelling away fans must have a ticket to attend the game, and anyone who arrives at the stadium without a ticket and under the influence of alcohol will be assumed to be there to cause trouble and may be directed to leave the area.

"Anyone who fails to comply with that direction risks arrest.

"Anyone who seeks to cause trouble will be arrested and, should they subsequently be convicted, we will apply for an order to ban them from every football ground in the country.

"A number of banning orders have already been issued by the courts upon application by Nottinghamshire Police this season.

"It is not something we do lightly, but this is an effective means of dealing with a minority of individuals who use football as an excuse for causing trouble."

The 11 men charged after the confrontation in September are due to appear before Newport magistrates later this month.

Separately, six Mansfield fans have been issued with banning orders following trouble at the club's home match against Crawley in October.

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