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Warning about World Cup violence in Greater Manchester

CCTV footage of fans attacking police (GMP)
The riots were triggered by a big screen failing early evening

Football fans are being urged to behave like "World Cup Heroes" to minimise violent incidents during the tournament.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is asking supporters to drink responsibly and avoid any trouble.

Chief Constable Peter Fahy warned that a "supercharged atmosphere" with excess alcohol could lead to tragedy.

In 2008 Glasgow Rangers fans rioted in Manchester city centre following the breakdown of a big screen TV.

'Joy and anguish'

GMP's campaign, entitled 'A Time for Heroes' will take over the region, with World Cup wall planners being handed out to fans at police stations and by neighbourhood officers.

The advice on the free planners warns about the danger of minor incidents turning into violent confrontations in the region.

Mr Fahy said: "It is without doubt the greatest and most popular sporting event on Earth and brings joy and anguish in equal measure to fans everywhere.

"It also provides challenges to police as the supercharged atmosphere it creates, fuelled with excessive drinking, can lead to outbursts of violence, sometimes with tragic consequences.

"People can be assured that we will be closely monitoring potential trouble spots and will intervene robustly at an early stage to tackle offenders."

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