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Police statement ahead of Wembley games for Forest and Mansfield

Fans attending this weekend’s Wembley showdowns involving Nottingham Forest and Mansfield Town are being urged to enjoy the matches safely.

The national stadium is playing host to both teams as they seek to win promotion in their respective play-off finals.

Mansfield Town take on Port Vale for a place in League One at 4pm tomorrow (Saturday, 28 May), with over 15,000 Stags supporters expected to make the trip.

The following day (Sunday, 29 May), Nottingham Forest will take on Huddersfield Town with a place in the Premier League up for grabs.

The Reds have sold out their 36,475 allocation and thousands more are expected to watch the game in pubs and bars across Nottinghamshire.

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Nottinghamshire Police are aware of just how much the matches mean to all clubs involved.

Officers will be on hand as usual to make sure that fans from all sides involved are able to watch the matches safely and soak up what promises to be an amazing atmosphere both at the stadium and across venues back home.

Superintendent Paul Burrows, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It is fantastic to have two of our local teams at Wembley and our fingers are crossed that it will be a weekend to remember for the supporters of both Mansfield Town and Nottingham Forest.

“We fully appreciate just how big a deal play-off finals are but it is important all fans behave themselves so that everyone can enjoy the day.

“Once again, our main focus will be to ensure that the good-natured atmosphere experienced at matches this season continues and that all fans are able to enjoy the football without there being any problems.

“We know that the vast majority of fans will look to enjoy their day and cheer their side on without any trouble, but we will have policing resources available to keep people safe, in the event of crime or disorder taking place.

“It is vital that people don’t allow their emotions to get the better of them and spoil the day for others, as our officers will take positive action against this small minority.”

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