The PSNI have requested that we make fans travelling to the Oval aware of the following:
Police are requesting that Linfield fans travelling by car and coach to the Sports Direct Premiership League match with Glentoran at the Bet Mclean Oval Stadium, on Friday 1st December 2023 with 1945 hrs KO, leave sufficient travel time to arrive at the match.
Entry to the ground for Linfield fans will be via the tunnel, Harkness parade. If you are driving to the match, please park with consideration for the local community/residents and businesses. Traffic congestion is likely at key ingress and egress times due to the expected volume of supporters attending the fixture.
No Translink train or bus services will run in Northern Ireland on Friday the 1st December 2023 due to Industrial action.
Police are reminding all fans that there are specific offences created by the Criminal Justice Act NI 2011 in relation to soccer matches-
- Possession of/ throwing Fireworks/ Flares etc
- Throwing Articles capable of causing injury
- Going on to the Playing area
- Sectarian Chanting
- Drinking on Passenger Carrying Vehicles
In addition all fans are reminded that the areas around the stadium are “No Street Drinking” zones under Belfast City Council By-Laws. Supporters are asked to be respectful and considerate whilst walking through residential streets convenient to the stadium. Any Street drinking taking place will be dealt with robustly by police and any alcohol found subject to seizure. As a condition of entry to the stadium fans will be subject to random searches.
Maximum Use of CCTV/ Video Evidence will be utilised as part of the match Policing Operation in an effort to deal with any criminal offences/anti-social behaviour which takes place.
Police will take all steps to identify and deal with anyone who has been or is committing offences.
It is hoped that a common sense approach to the event can be taken by all and the occasion enjoyed.
It is vitally important for supporter and community safety that these instructions are complied with.