EURO WARNING: Fans urged to behave ahead of kick-off

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POLICE are warning football fans to be on their best behaviour when the Euro 2012 tournament kicks off.

There will be an increased police presence in town and city centres across South Yorkshire as well as at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster due to fans travelling to Poland and Ukraine for matches.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley, who is leading the South Yorkshire-based policing operation for Euro 2012, which starts on Friday, said: “We have an exciting summer of sporting events ahead of us and the eyes of the world will fall on the UK. It is an ideal opportunity for communities across South Yorkshire to come together and enjoy the excitement of the competition.

“Our policing operation is designed to stop trouble-causers travelling abroad, and locally we seek to minimise incidents of antisocial behaviour and alcohol-related disorder linked to the competition.

“Together with particularly Robin Hood Airport we will do everything we can to ensure people can enjoy themselves in a safe environment and that people going about their daily business can do so with minimal disruption.”

Officers are advising those travelling to the event to monitor travel information and arrive in plenty of time before their flights as there will be additional security checks.

Those who are the subject of football banning orders have to surrender their passports, so will be unable to travel.

Steve Gill, Robin Hood Airport director, said: “We are expecting a rise in passengers with fans travelling to watch the games.

“We would encourage all fans to plan their journey to the airport and allow plenty of travel time.”