THE officer overseeing the police operation across South Yorkshire tonight as England face Colombia at the World Cup urged fans in Rotherham to keep up their good-natured revelry.
Chief Supt Shaun Morley is gold commander of policing around the fixture, responsible for venues around the region.
He said: “If England progress further, we will see emotions and passions grow.
“With alcohol involved, we will see increased demands on he police and other public sector services, especially post-game.
“We have placed additional resources in town centres and have built in contingencies to manage any disorder or violence.”
These extra resources include high-visibility patrols and riot-trained officers on standby.
But the senior officer does not expect that he will need to use the armoured units.
“The vast majority of people will go out and enjoy this special occasion with respect for other people,” he said.
“But there will be a minority who will let the side down.
“We will work with licensees to help ensure we have a safe, secure environment for people to enjoy the game.”
He added: “I don’t think we will experience issues in Rotherham. We haven’t experienced any there so far.
“The fans there have been very well-behaved to date. I only ask that they continue to be so.”
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