Police prepared for Hull City v Millwall at KC Stadium after 2009 trouble
POLICE will have a high-visibility presence for Hull City's match against Millwall today after trouble kicked off at a previous fixture between the football clubs.
Sixteen Hull City and two Millwall hooligans were jailed and 11 others fined after violent clashes before, during and after an FA Cup clash in 2009.
Supporters attending this afternoon's Championship fixture at the KC Stadium are being urged to behave.
Inspector Mark Naylor, major and sporting events commander for Humberside Police in Hull, said the threat of disorder was low but there would be high-visibility policing in view of the history of trouble.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Insp Naylor said: "Clearly, there is history between the two clubs but we have played each other several times since the major issue in 2009.
"We are policing this match according to the information and intelligence we have. It is also being policed in accordance with the history.
"But our information and view of the game will be that the treat of disorder is low."
Insp Naylor said officers, including police on horseback and the dog section, will be on duty for the 3pm fixture.
He said: "We will provide high-visibility policing to reassure the general public.
"They know the history as well as we know the history.
"Unfortunately, Millwall have a reputation, as do Hull City, but over the years that has been dealt with effectively and the threat assessment is a lot lower than it would have been years ago."
Insp Naylor insists police will be prepared if any trouble breaks out.
He said: "We have sufficient resources. Not all of those resources will be seen, but we will provide public reassurance purely and simply because of the past history."
About 400 Millwall supporters are expected at the fixture.
Insp Naylor said: "They are not massively supported, in terms of numbers.
"All clubs travel with organised official coaches and Millwall are no different.
"A lot of people also like to travel independently so you will get some on the train.
"We are not seeking to intercept coaches or bring people from the railway station under police escort."
The police are urging supporters of both clubs to behave.
Insp Naylor said: "Turn up and support your club, enjoy the day and go home with, hopefully, the right score for your team."