IT'S that time of the season in the football calendar when fixtures come thick and fast alongside the festive cheer. Despite a wonderful time of year for football fans across the EFL, the safety of supporters remains our number one priority.
Whilst not wanting to dampen festive feelgood factor, supporters should be reminded that the threat level for the whole of the UK from terrorism remains at Severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, and sadly we have seen from previous examples that crowded places, such as football stadiums, could potentially be a target.
As always, we are continuing to work with the police and the relevant authorities to ensure appropriate security arrangements are in place to protect supporters. We therefore encourage fans to enjoy all attended fixtures, but please remain alert and if you see anything that gives you cause for concern, tell a steward or member of staff. In an emergency always call 999.
Why not arrive in plenty of time and soak up all of the atmosphere on offer, whether that is the pre-match pie or a singalong. At times, a search regime may be in place, so please be mindful that bags and stuffed coat pockets can cause delays. Where appropriate, minimise what you carry into the stadium.
In the event of a major incident inside the stadium, it is vital you listen to all official club announcements and follow all safety instructions, with decisions being made for your safety.
In the event of a terrorist incident outside of the stadium, the police advice is to ‘Run, Hide, Tell’.
It is important to follow this advice and move quickly away from the stadium and to allow access for emergency services. Do not wait around to film anything on your mobile.
Remember, the chance of a terrorist incident is small, but being prepared and ready to respond can help.
More information can be found at www.gov.uk/ACT.
Enjoy the game!