Belfast Telegraph

Football fans are warned to behave as new season starts

By Chris McCullough

The PSNI has told football fans to behave ahead of the kick-off of the Irish League today.

A spokesman said the force did not want to see a repeat of the disorder witnessed at a match between Cliftonville and Coleraine in April.

Constable Colyn Wilson added: "As the Irish League kicks off for another season, we want to take this opportunity to remind supporters about the need to behave in a safe and legal manner when attending football matches.

"We don't want a repeat of the disorder we saw following the Coleraine-Cliftonville match back in April.

"As a result of that ongoing investigation, over 20 people will be reported to the Public Prosecution Service and we will seek banning orders.

"We recognise that the vast majority of fans are there to enjoy the match, and there is no harm in a bit of friendly rivalry between supporters. However, we will not tolerate disruption, disorder or criminal behaviour."

Last month, a 23-year-old man was given a four-year domestic football banning order at Coleraine Magistrates' Court.

The banning order was the first of its type to be issued in Northern Ireland and followed an incident of disorderly behaviour after an Irish League game between Coleraine and Ballymena in December 2015.

The season begins with the Charity Shield game between Crusaders and Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

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