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Officials advise travelling fans

The Foreign Office have issued an advisory to the 200 Northern Ireland fans travelling to Belgrade for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Serbia.

The small away contingent will be the only fans in the Red Star Stadium after home supporters were banned as a result of riots during Serbia's match against Italy last year.

The match was initially due to be played entirely behind closed doors but the Northern Ireland fans were granted special dispensation to attend by UEFA having already made arrangements to attend the game.

The advisory reads: "Only fans with tickets issued by the Irish Football Association should travel to the stadium. Supporters without tickets should not go to the stadium as they will not be admitted.

"All supporters will be searched prior to entering the stadium and items that could potentially be used as missiles will be confiscated, such as lighters or large amounts of coins

"There will be a visible police presence in and around the stadium. Police may be in riot gear, however, they will only wear protective helmets if trouble breaks out."


From Belfast Telegraph