POLICE have told fans attending this weekend’s crunch Lancashire derby clash between Preston North End and Burnley that trouble will not be tolerated.
Supporters are being asked to arrive early at the ground for the 3pm kick-off and Clarets fans are to be kept in the ground after the final whistle while home fans disperse.
A bumper crowd is expected for the game at Deepdale, including more than 5,000 fans from Burnley.
Silver Commander Chief Inspector Matt Horn said: “Matches between these two clubs are always passionate affairs and the stakes are high with Preston looking to stay up and Burnley challenging for promotion.
"It should make for a great game and a fantastic atmosphere for all the family to enjoy.
“Historically the matches have generally passed off peacefully but for that small minority who are thinking of causing trouble then do not bother.
“We will not tolerate anyone causing disorder and spoiling the fun for other people.
“To help us make things as safe as possible for the fans I will be asking Burnley supporters to remain in their seats for a period of about ten minutes at the end of the match but I will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum.
“Given the large number of people attending the game then we would advise supporters to allow for more time to arrive at the ground.
“Roads will be busy in the area and especially at full time.”
Officers are also asking fans to make sure that they lock their vehicles and don’t leave valuables on show in their cars while at the game.
They are also advised to keep wallets and mobile phones in front pockets rather than back pockets.