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Three-way effort to curb violence

Posted on 17 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Tottenham Hotspur, Haringey Police and local pub landlords have teamed up in a unique partnership to crack down on matchday violence on the Tottenham High Road.

The scheme, called Tracking Trouble Together, will seek to ensure that anyone convicted of a football related offence is banned from all local pubs on matchdays. It is believed to be the first project of its type involving licensees, the police and football clubs and was launched by director of football David Pleat and Supt Mark Heath of Haringey police on Thursday afternoon.

Disorder on matchdays has mostly centred on local pubs and, in future, anyone who is ejected from White Hart Lane, convicted of, or cautioned for a football related offence will be banned from the stadium and all local pubs on days when Spurs are playing at home.

"This partnership initiative demonstrates a real willingness of the local community to drive out the threat of football related violence and disorder on matchdays," said Haringey Borough Commander Chief Supt Stephen James, thoughts echoed by Sue Tilling, safety officer at White Hart Lane.

"The club and the police have worked very closely to ensure that problems within the stadium on matchdays are kept to a minimum," explained Tilling. "By working together outside the stadium, we hope to make the area surrounding the ground a much more pleasant place to be on a Saturday afternoon."