Tayside and Central Scotland

Police warn fans against pitch invasion at title match

Declan Gallacher and Tony Andreu Image copyright SNS
Image caption Either Dundee or Hamilton will win the Scottish Championship and automatic promotion on Saturday

Police have issued a plea to fans of Dundee FC not to mount a pitch invasion if their side wins the league.

The Dees could clinch the Scottish Championship title at Dens Park on Saturday against Dumbarton, and police have asked supporters to behave.

Fans have been warned not to bring smoke bombs or flares to the match, and were told that a pitch invasion could jeopardise the trophy presentation.

The match has sold out amid what the club called "unprecedented demand".

Dundee are two points clear of Hamilton at the top of the league and have a comfortable cushion of goal difference.

Even a draw against Dumbarton would be enough for the Dark Blues to win promotion to the Scottish Premiership, barring a nine-goal home win for Hamilton against already-relegated Morton.

As well as being warned not to bring smoke bombs or flares into the ground, fans have been told not to go onto the pitch after the final whistle.

Any incursion onto the playing field could delay or even jeopardise any formal celebration or presentation, as well as any lap of honour by the players should Dundee get the result.

'Carnival atmosphere'

Match commander Ch Insp Sandy Brodie said the police had been working closely with the clubs and stewards to ensure "an excellent sporting atmosphere" at the game.

He said: ''Like the players and staff at Dundee Football Club we are all looking forward to what we hope will be a great occasion, particularly for the home side.

''There may very well be a carnival atmosphere on the day too, but we would urge fans not to get so caught up in the occasion that they pose a risk to themselves or others, or flout well-established ground safety regulations.

''We want a great occasion where everyone enjoys the match, but the safety of everyone attending is our overriding concern and we will take appropriate action where necessary.''

All tickets for the game have now sold out, after long queues formed at the club shop.

A spokesman said there had been "unprecedented continued demand" for the match.

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