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Derby fans told not to drink in Nottingham city centre ahead of Forest clash

The City Ground Credit: SIMON BELLIS / LANDOV/Press Association Images

Derby County fans have been told not to drink in Nottingham city centre bars and pubs ahead of the local derby clash against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Friday night.

Nottinghamshire Police has issued the following statement:

The atmosphere on Friday night will be fantastic and we know that, as always, the vast majority of fan behaviour will be impeccable.

The game is a local derby and with that we fully expect there will be plenty of banter between the two sets of supporters, however we want to take this opportunity to warn people of the consequences of overstepping the line.

Our evidence gatherers will be on alert to record anyone looking to cause trouble but we will also be supporting the clubs to identify anyone who thinks it appropriate or acceptable to chant vile and distasteful songs to opposing fans.

Our officers will be at the game to help facilitate a good match day experience for all fans and to ensure everyone returns home safely.

We are confident the supporters of both sides will do their clubs proud on Friday night.

– Chief Superintendent Mark Holland

Nottinghamshire Police is urging Derby fans looking for somewhere to drink to instead use the Meadow Lane Sports Bar at Notts County's football ground.

The game kicks-off at 7:30pm.

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