The upcoming npower Championship play-off semi-final between Brighton and Crystal Palace has been made subject to remarkably strict ticket restrictions agreed by Metropolitan and Sussex police forces.
Brighton and Palace share a fierce rivalry dating back to the 1970s that belies the 45 miles that separates the two clubs.
As is often the case for high-profile away games, those purchasing tickets must be a season ticket holder and are only allowed to buy one ticket each. Beyond that, the measures being put in place are unprecedented for these two clubs.
Each individual’s personal details and seat number will be made available to both Metropolitan and Sussex police and both clubs.
Separate personal identification will be required for entry into each stadium along with each fan’s matchday ticket and ID will be checked by police.
Fans without personal identification matching their ticket will be denied entry to the match and all future matches to the end of the season.
A one-year exclusion will be handed down to any fan found to have handed over or sold a ticket to another.
The same sanction will be applied to anyone found in possession of a ticket issued in another’s name.
Twenty-eight arrests were made following clashes in September 2011 when the pair met for the first time in five-and-a-half years. But since then, the pair have met a further three times with a combined total of just 15 arrests being made.
However, last week – BEFORE Palace’s play-off place had even been confirmed – a statement on Brighton’s official website revealed the harsh sanctions that will be in place for the matches at Selhurst Park on Friday night and the Amex Stadium on Monday night.