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BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE ADVICE TO CARLING CUP FINAL FANS
British Transport Police officers are asking Arsenal and Birmingham City supporters to help make sure football fans, families and other passengers can all travel safely on Carling Cup Final day on Sunday 27 February 2011.

Some 90,000 people will be making their way to London's Wembley Stadium to watch the game, most of them using trains and the Tube to get there and home again.

BTP officers will be patrolling onboard trains, Tubes and at stations to make sure the day goes as smoothly as possible.

In charge of BTP's Carling Cup Final operation is BTP Superintendent Jeff Boothe. He said:

"It promises to be a great day of football and our officers will be helping everyone enjoy it by travelling to and from the game safely.

"We'll have officers on shift from early in the morning travelling with fans from Birmingham and then back with them again after the match.

"Unfortunately some fans can get caught up in the excitement of the day and, combined with alcohol, this can result in some less-than-desirable behaviour.

"Trains are confined spaces and it can be a very intimidating experience for families and children when they find themselves in a carriage packed with rowdy fans.

"We're asking fans to show some consideration for others on board the train and keep their language and behaviour clean."

BTP's tips for football fans:

Do:

  • Allow plenty of time for getting to and from the game as there will be long queues for trains
  • Keep your language and behaviour clean
  • Have a great day out at the football

Don't:

  • Take alcohol on the Tube - it's banned
  • Leave it till the last minute to go from your meeting place to the stadium
  • Miss the game because you've been arrested for anti-social behaviour
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