Cup final day safety and advice

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POLICE have issued reminders to fans travelling to the Scottish Cup final at Hampden to ensure the days passes off smoothly.

Celtic meet Hibernian on Saturday for the match and Police Scotland has said it hopes the time is an enjoyable one for everyone.

But the constabulary feels it is also a time when reminders must be made about what the law demands of fans.

Match commander, chief superintendent Andy Bates, said: “The build up to Sunday’s game is wee underway; it will be a memorable day for everyone involved.

“Cup finals at Hampden are great occassions and we want to make sure that everyone is safe and has an enjoyable time.

“Keeping people safe is the priority for Police Scotland. There will be a large number of people travelling to the national stadium and we want to make sure they get to and from the match, safely, on time and without any problems.

“Many fans may not be aware of the different laws in place in Glasgow and I would like to take this opportunity to provide some important information to ensure cup final day is remembered for all the right reasons.

“Drinking alcohol on the streets or in a public place in Glasgow is an offence.

“This includes drinking alcohol on supporters’ buses and public transport, including trains.

“As well as not drinking in public, you can’t also bring, or attempt to bring, alcohol into the stadium and you won’t get in if you’re drunk..

“My advice is don’t miss the game because you’ve drunk too much and didn’t get into the ground.

“I would also remind supporters that it is illegal to try and enter the stadium in possession of a flare or smoke bomb and anyone doing so will be arrested.”

Chief superintendent Bates added that there will be intense traffic to contend with before and after Saturday’s game, but vowed that police will be on the streets to try and minimise disruption.

He concluded: “My officers will be on hand throughout the day to look after the safety and security of everyone attending the game and taking this advice should help ensure this is an enjoyableday for us all.”