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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Boro fans warned over UEFA tie
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink helped Boro win in Switzerland
Police in Teesside and Holland have taken steps to prevent a repeat the of violence which marred Middlesbrough's last Uefa Cup tie, in Switzerland.

Plastic bullets were used when violent clashes erupted ahead of Boro's game with Grasshoppers on 21 October.

Cleveland Police said after consulting Dutch colleagues it had advised Middlesbrough to offer tickets only to fans who travel with the club.

Middlesbrough travel to face AZ Alkmaar on 24 November.

Middlesbrough has received an allocation of just 408 tickets for the away tie.

Travel package

Supt Steve Swales of Cleveland Police said: "My colleagues in Holland have expressed their wish to deal with the Middlesbrough contingent as a whole group and moving our fans en masse from the airport to Alkmaar town and subsequently to the stadium.

"Our joint advice to Middlesbrough Football Club is to sell the match tickets as part of a complete travel package only.

"The disorder we witnessed in Zurich reinforced our concerns and this option will go a big way to ensuring the safety of our supporters."

A spokesman for Middlesbrough Football Club added: "On the advice of police in Cleveland and in Holland, as well as the football authorities, our ticket allocation will only be made available to those travelling with the trip organised on our behalf by TravelCare Sports.

"We understand that, despite our earlier advice not to do so, many fans have already made their travel arrangements, but we trust supporters will understand that we must follow the advice we have been given on safety grounds."

Around 800 Boro fans travelled to Zurich, and police said the vast majority showed restraint in the face of provocation by local hooligans.

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