Fans warned to behave ahead of Stags v Newport

Police are reminding football fans attending this weekend’s game between Mansfield Town and Newport County to avoid trouble – or they could face a possible ban from all grounds.

The warning has been issued following a6 violent confrontation between rival fans in Newport town centre before the two teams met in Wales last September.

Last month, six men from Nottinghamshire and five from the Newport area were charged with violent disorder in connection with the incident.

All 11 are set to appear at Newport magistrates’ court later this month.

Operational Superintendent for Mansfield and Ashfield Mark Pollock said: “We have been working closely with Mansfield Town and our colleagues from Gwent Police to ensure there is no repetition of what happened in Newport.

“We are confident that there will not be. We certainly have the resources to deal with any disorder should it occur, but we are determined to prevent it in the first instance.

“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.”