TICKET touts will be 'dealt with robustly' by Lancashire Police if caught ahead of Manchester United's trip to Blackburn Rovers.

Around 25,000 fans are expected at Ewood Park on Sunday for the FA Cup fifth round tie at 4:15pm

'Trouble-makers' have also been warned officers will take firm action against anyone behaving in an anti-social or violent manner.


Chief Inspector Jon Bullas, one of the senior officers overseeing the operation, said: “It is important to remember very few people attending football matches actually cause problems as most supporters are there as ambassadors for their club and for their sport.

“I want to reassure people who will be at the game that we will not be letting a minority spoil what should be an enjoyable, family-friendly occasion.

“We will have the resources available on the day to deal with any incidents and it is important to note that should individuals look to cause problems we will also look to secure banning orders where appropriate.

“We would also like to warn tickets touts that we will not tolerate anyone selling tickets illegally on the day.”

A large-scale policing operation will be in place at Ewood park to help minimise any disruption for residents, businesses and those attending the game.

It is expected around 30 coaches and minibuses will bring fans to the area. These will initially be directed to J4 of the M65, before being directed onto a parking spot closer to the stadium.

Those arriving in cars will be directed to park at Darwen Vale High School, the Golden Cup pub, various car parks on Branch Road and car parks off Alan Shearer Way.

There is also stadium parking accessed via Top O’th Croft.

Chief Inspector Bullas added: “This is an extremely exciting fixture in the football calendar, with around 7,000 away fans expected.

“We appreciate that this may cause some disruption in the area but we have worked closely with both football clubs and our aim is to get people to and from the match safely and efficiently, with minimum inconvenience to those going about their usual business in Blackburn and surrounding towns.”

The Golden Cup pub will be open to away fans as usual.