Police plan major operation to prevent trouble between rival fans in London on Saturday

Police plan major operation to prevent trouble between rival fans in London with Leeds, Cardiff, Millwall, West Ham, Chelsea and Tottenham all in action in the capital at 3pm on Saturday

  • Thousands of fans to descend on London for a series of high-profile matches
  • Many of the clubs involved on Saturday have long-standing rivalries
  • Police plan a ‘highly visible’ presence at grounds, on trains and at stations

Police and transport officers have launched a significant joint operation as thousands of football fans descend on London for a series of high-profile matches on Saturday.

Leeds United, Cardiff City, Millwall, West Ham, Chelsea and Tottenham are all in action in the capital and there will be a ‘highly visible’ police presence at grounds, on trains and at stations.

Many of the clubs involved have long-standing rivalries and the Met Police and British Transport Police are aware of potential issues on what may be a challenging 24 hours.

Met Police and British Transport Police are aware of potential issues on Saturday

With each match kicking off at 3pm, Leeds play Brentford while Chelsea entertain West Ham at Stamford Bridge with Fulham making the short trip to Spurs.

In the Championship, Cardiff travel to Millwall, while in League Two Leyton Orient host Tranmere Rovers.

A number of potential flashpoint areas across London have been identified and will be closely monitored throughout the day.

Millwall and Cardiff, who meet at The Den on Saturday, have a long-standing rivalry

Millwall and Cardiff, who meet at The Den on Saturday, have a long-standing rivalry

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: ‘We have a full policing plan in place for the football fixtures across the capital tomorrow, with resources allocated to games and a highly visible presence of officers on trains and at stations.

‘As is always the case with football policing, we’re working closely with our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police, train operators and the clubs involved to ensure fans can travel to these matches and home again, safely and on time.

‘We’d like to remind passengers of our discreet text number 61016 which they can use to get in touch if they have any concerns while travelling.’

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