The counties leading football clubs are supporting Cumbria police in urging fans to enjoy this week’s Cumbrian derby responsibly.
Carlisle United welcome Barrow AFC to Brunton Park on Tuesday January 31 in a highly-anticipated League Two fixture.
Chief Superintendent Lisa Hogan said: “We are all looking forward to what will hopefully be a great evening 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 Tuesday evening.
“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 match.
“Where an individual engages in unlawful behaviour, the police will step in and take action.”
Both Cumbrian clubs are supporting the police’s message for fans to enjoy the match responsibly and not to let the emotions of the evening spill into violence or any other criminal activity.
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, despite now being played as a midweek fixture.
“Our fans have given magnificent support home and away, week in, week out this season and I’m sure they will play a positive part once again on Tuesday night.
“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 hordes of Barrow fans head north to Carlisle United on Tuesday.
“Your passionate support can really make a difference, which has been evidenced this season.
“Whilst we are excited to see and hear you in what should be a fantastic evening at the top of League Two, please remain responsible and respectful to everybody and ensure your behaviour doesn’t cross the line.”
The clubs meet in different circumstances from last season with Carlisle United sitting comfortably in fourth in the playoff places and Barrow in ninth.
A win for Carlisle could see them take third place and the final automatic promotion place while Barrow could move up to fifth.