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Police act to stop racism at Cheltenham FA Cup clash

Police are working to prevent any racist incidents at Cheltenham's match with Hereford United on Monday. A large crowd is expected for the FA Cup second round game at Whaddon Road.

We will be there on Monday to assist the club in ensuring a safe and enjoyable match. We expect the majority of supporters from both sides will enjoy the game and not engage in any form of offensive or abusive behaviour but we are taking action to prevent a small number from spoiling the match for everyone else.

– Superintendent Rob Priddy, Gloucestershire Police

It comes as officers issued a 17 year old boy from Ross-on-Wye with an £80 fine after he admitted using his Twitter account to try to encourage fans to sing a racist chant. The boy has since apologised.

Superintendent Rob Priddy says the force, with the support of Cheltenham Town Football Club, will work to identify people or groups engaging in racist chanting.

Where we have evidence to support an arrest we will do so and the individual risks not only a criminal prosecution but also a Football Banning Order, which would last for a minimum of three years.

– Superintendent Rob Priddy, Gloucestershire Police

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