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Travel advice - Inter Milan

Posted on 14 March 2013  - 08:40

The Club has held extensive discussions with the Foreign Office and Italian Police ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League tie regarding their assistance to us on the issue of fan safety in Milan. UEFA has appointed a Security Officer for the match and our local Police have also held discussions with their colleagues in Italy regarding our fans' safety ahead of this tie.

Travel advice - Inter Milan

We expect there to be a Police presence both on the Wednesday evening and on matchday, particularly around the Duomo.

We would ask those fans travelling to read the following notes carefully and follow guidelines below:

Fans arriving via official means, as arranged with Thomas Cook and THFC, will be dropped off at the Piazza Castello. You will be advised of the time to return to your coaches for the journey to the San Siro. Please ensure you are back in plenty of time as the coaches will not wait for you.

For those travelling independently, the easiest and quickest route to the Stadium is via the Metro System - Red Line, direction Rho Fiera, alighting at Piazzale Lotto, where there will be shuttle buses waiting to take you the rest of the way. This is the easiest and most secure way to reach the Stadium.

If taking a Tram from the City Centre, you should take no:16 - direction Axum. Due to building works, this will stop approximately a mile from the San Siro, where buses will take fans to the Stadium.

We have been asked to advise you not to drink in Bars near to the Stadium as these have been designated, by the Police, as locations for Home fans.

Milan Transport website http://www.atm-mi.it/en/Pages/default.aspx

The Stadium will open at 5:00pm and the match will kick off at 7:00pm (local time).

On arrival at the Stadium, you should go to Gate 10, where the Police Authorities will undertake a search of the fans and tickets will be checked by the Police at this stage. You will then be guided through to either Tower 8 or 9 where there will be a flight of stairs or a public walkway/ramp that will take you to the top tier where our seats are located. Please note that there is no public lift available, the only access is via the Towers and we would advise all of our fans to take their time both entering and exiting the Stadium.

The Blue Sector, Top Tier, which has been allocated to THFC fans, is very steep and again we would advise you to take care when accessing gangways, walkways and steps. Toilet facilities are of the basic European design for both male and female and are few and far between. Catering facilities are equally sparse.

Please be aware, that whilst we have no jurisdiction in other Stadiums, our Stewards will assist and advise you if required and will be on hand at the entry gates and in the Stand. Please approach them if you have any difficulty in reaching the seated area and they will escort you.

The usual prohibited items apply and as always, flags and banners with appropriate wording will be welcome at the Stadium and these will be checked by Police and Stewards prior to entry. It is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadia in the UK and elsewhere in Europe that all flags of an overtly religious/sectarian/political nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated – please respect this request.

We have been asked to advise you that belts may not be permitted particularly if they have heavy metal fastenings. If worn, they will be removed at the search point and returned after the match.

As with all European fixtures, alcohol will not be available inside the Stadium and as advised, there are no bars in the vicinity of the San Siro for visiting fans.

The Police have advised us that as per usual procedures, THFC fans can expect to be held back after the final whistle for between 30 and 45 minutes and we would ask that you be patient during this time as this may assist in releasing the fans earlier.

The official coaches will be parked outside Gate 10 and shuttle buses back to the Metro System at Piazzali Lotto will also be in this area for those who require them.

Please note that the Police are responsible for all searching procedures and ticket checks. Therefore, you must carry your passport (or a copy thereof) with you to the game as cross checks with this document and your ticket must respond to prove that you are the purchaser of your ticket otherwise entry may be denied. We have been advised that checks may take place in this respect.

The Club is rightly proud of our record of good behaviour at recent European matches and whether you are travelling as part of the official THFC package or independently, we would ask that uphold this by respecting local amenities and culture. Please do not place flags and banners on statues or other historic monuments, including architecture, as this is deemed as deeply offensive to the local inhabitants. Please also respect the Local Police Authorities at all times, as well as other visitors to the City. The steps leading to the Duomo Cathedral are also to be treated with respect and kept clear of banners and flags.

Please be aware that fans who are considered to be drunk or behaving in an inappropriate way, will not be allowed entry to the Stadium and could face arrest.

British Consulate Information:

Representatives from the British Consul will be present at the game in case of any emergency or issues that have occurred during your stay in Milan.

They have asked us to make you aware of the following...

British Consulate contact details:

British Consulate General, Via San Paolo 7 (not far from the Piazza Duomo)
Tel: (24 Hours) 06 4220 2431
Opening Hours – 9:15 – 12:15 and 14:15 – 15:45

Main Police Station:

Questura, Via Fatenbenefratelli – open 24 hours
Tel: 02/62261

Hospital nearest Stadium:

Ospedale San Carlo, via Pio II 3
Tel: 02/40221
A&E Departments are called Pronto Soccorso

Lost/stolen Passports:

A Police report (denuncia) must be made and can be carried out at most Police Stations (Polizia di Stato or Carabinieri). An emergency document can be issued by the Consulate during opening hours and this costs 115 Euros. A Police report, photo and proof of travel must be produced and if possible, applicants should call the Consulate initially for advice.

Tips:

Watch out for pickpockets, particularly in busy tourist areas and on local transport Keep a photocopy of your Passport with you at all times Carry only what you need and leave all other valuable in a Hotel Safety Deposit Box Please ensure that you have the correct Travel Insurance prior to travelling.

Remember that you are ambassadors of the Club and we would request that you behave accordingly throughout the entirety of your visit.

For more details on travelling to Italy, follow this link to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website...