York & North Yorkshire

Football hooligans in York 'face tough action'

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Image caption Police said trouble in York would be dealt with quickly

Football hooligans intent on causing trouble in York before a forthcoming replay will be dealt with robustly, police in North Yorkshire have said.

The warning of tough action comes a week after trouble in the run-up to York City's FA Cup first round game against Rotherham United.

Officers said a minority of York fans caused trouble en-route to South Yorkshire for the game on 6 November.

Police said they would "come down hard" on any trouble in York on Wednesday.

Ch Insp Dave Hannan said: "Wednesday night is a big game for York City and the club's fans and I am hoping that the minority of people who seem intent on using football as an excuse to cause trouble don't spoil it for the genuine supporters.

Banning orders

"We are aware of the disorder which occurred last Saturday and we will not tolerate a repeat on Wednesday night.

"Our officers are ready to deal with any trouble and we will come down hard on any people causing disruption in the city."

Police said they were taking football-related disorder seriously and had the power to impose football banning orders on people who cause trouble at matches.

Ch Insp Hannan added: "We can and will seek to impose banning orders on individuals responsible for football-related disorder."

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