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Football fans warned to behave ahead of Angus derby

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Image caption The teams will meet at Arbroath's Gayfield Park on Saturday

Montrose and Arbroath fans have been warned to behave at Saturday's Angus derby after trouble at previous ties between the two clubs.

Flares were set off during the game and there were "significant clashes" between rival fans after last October's match at Arbroath's Gayfield Park.

Police said the previous behaviour of a minority of fans had "fallen below the level expected of them".

Officers said a "considerable policing plan" was in place for the fixture.

Angus local area commander Ch Insp David McIntosh said: "Derby football matches should be about the football clubs, community and a family day out.

"It is disappointing that a minority of supporters have detracted from this at previous fixtures.

"To those that are contemplating being involved in disorder at the match or in the community away from the ground there will be consequences to your actions."

Match ban

Arbroath FC chairman, John Christison, said he hoped the match would be played in a "great sporting spirit."

He said: "However, the safety of all spectators is paramount and I would like to remind all supporters of both teams to be on their best behaviour and not to bring any type of pyrotechnic devices to the game.

"These items are extremely dangerous and Arbroath FC will take decisive action if any supporter is found in possession of such a device at the match."

Montrose FC's board of directors said in a statement: "Following after-match disturbances at the previous Arbroath v Montrose match, in addition to setting off smoke bombs, Montrose FC wish to re-emphasise to supporters, anyone involved in similar incidents will be banned from attending future matches."

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