Swansea and Cardiff fans call for peaceful derby
SWANSEA and Cardiff football fans have united — in calling for the South Wales derby to be remembered for what happens on the pitch not off it.
The Swans and the Bluebirds clash next month for the first time in soccer's top flight — a game which is keenly anticipated by both clubs and their followers.
Now the supporters groups from the two clubs have come together to call on fellow fans not to repeat the often ugly scenes which have accompanied previous meetings between the rivals when they meet in the capital on November 3.
Phil Sumbler, chairman of Swansea City Supporters' Trust, said: "It will be a passionate and noisy encounter and a chance for fans on both sides to showcase what is best about South Wales's two Premier League clubs.
"It is important to ensure all post-match discussions are about the action on the football pitch and I hope all in the stadium enjoy what will be a fantastic occasion."
Those sentiments were echoed by the chairman of the Cardiff Supporters' Trust, Tim Hartley.
Mr Hartley said: "Cardiff versus Swansea has always been a passionate encounter with plenty of banter between supporters.
"In the past this has sometimes gone too far so it is important that fans do not overstep the mark and show each other respect.
"We want the derby to be remembered for all the right reasons — plenty of thrills and high-quality football between two great rivals played in the right spirit.
"So we are saying to fans, support your team, but please ensure at all times you do it in the right way."
South Wales Police are preparing a major operation on the day to keep the peace between the sets of fans, and superintendent Tony Smith said the force was working closely with both clubs.