Football fans encouraged to enjoy the Cumbrian derby responsibly

Cumbria’s leading football clubs are supporting police in urging fans to enjoy this weekend’s Cumbrian derby responsibly.

Carlisle United welcome Barrow AFC to Brunton Park in this Saturday’s highly-anticipated League Two fixture in what is expected to be a bumper day of football for fans across the county. The derby, which kicks off at 1pm, will be followed by England’s World Cup Quarter-Final fixture with France.

Both Cumbrian clubs are supporting the police’s message for fans to enjoy Saturday’s football responsibly and not to let the emotions of the day spill into violence or any other criminal activity.

Chief Superintendent Lisa Hogan said: “We are all looking forward to what will hopefully be a great day for football fans across Cumbria.

“We are expecting a big crowd, therefore there will be a significant policing presence in and around the stadium and city centre on Saturday. As with any high-profile event, we will be on hand to ensure the safety of everyone.

“Whilst we appreciate the passion people have for their teams we are asking fans to remain respectful, responsible and mindful of others to ensure everyone can enjoy the day.

“Where an individual engages in unlawful behaviour, the police will step in and take action.”

Carlisle United’s chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “The match against Barrow promises to be an exciting game with all the passion of a Cumbrian derby and our biggest crowd of the season so far.

“Our fans have given magnificent support home and away, week in, week out this season and I’m sure can play a big part on Saturday too.

“We have to recognise though that the negative actions of just one or two out of many thousands at a game can have serious consequences.

“So we ask everyone to back the blues but FFS – For Football’s Sake – let’s have no issues with fan behaviour at the ground, or in the wider community.”

A spokesperson from Barrow AFC added: “We can’t wait to see the hoardes of Barrow fans head north to Carlisle United on Saturday.

“Your passionate support can really make a difference, which has been evidenced this season.

“Whilst we are excited to see and hear you at the weekend in what should be a fantastic afternoon at the top of League Two, please remain responsible and respectful to everybody and ensure your behaviour doesn’t cross the line.”

On Saturday evening, fans across Cumbria will be watching England’s World Cup Quarter-Final in homes, pubs, bars and clubs across the county.

Cumbria Police is currently running a domestic abuse campaign, tying in with the Christmas period and the World Cup. Christmas and the World Cup have previously seen a rise in the number of domestic abuse cases.

Ch Supt Hogan added: “We really want everyone to enjoy both the football and the festive season.

“But the high emotions and alcohol consumption that can happen at this time of year is no excuse for abuse.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to appeal to potential offenders to stop and think about the harm they are doing to a family member, loved one or ex-partner.

“This type of abuse and offending will never be tolerated and they have to realise it is their responsibility and there is never an excuse.”

How do you report domestic abuse to police?

If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, you can report this by calling 101.

Always dial 999 in an emergency.

How do I access support services?

You can access support services regardless of whether you have reported a crime to the police.

To access support services independently, contact Victim Support 24/7 on 0808 1689 111 – or go to:

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