'Firm policing' for Reds cup tie


Merseyside Police have stressed they will take action over any inappropriate remarks and behaviour at Saturday's FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Manchester United.

The fixture has always been a fractious one, but Luis Suarez's eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra has contributed to the ill-feeling between rival fans. Add to that United's ticket allocation, under FA Cup rules, of almost 6,000 is more than double what they usually receive and the potential for anti-social behaviour is heightened.

The Merseyside force say their policing style will be "firm, fair and friendly". Match commander chief superintendent Jon Ward said in a statement: "We are expecting a lively atmosphere at Saturday's match, but our intention is that at the end of the day we will be talking about the game and what happened on the pitch as opposed to off the pitch."

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