PEOPLE could be asked to leave Southampton for 48 hours as part of safety measures ahead of Saints' clash with rivals Portsmouth.

Hampshire Police have put a Dispersal Order in place for Southampton, Portsmouth and an area of Fareham as part of safety measure implemented .

This means that a police officer has the power to order a person to leave the area for a 48 hour period with no return or uncover their face.

Refusal to comply with the order is a criminal offence.

Officers have the option of using these powers to disperse large groups of people or individuals if it is felt necessary to ensure people’s safety.

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The measures will be in place until 2am on September 25.

It comes as Saints prepare to play Portsmouth at Fratton Park in the Carabao Cup tonight.

A spokesperson from the Force said: "We would like to make you aware of some of the measures which have been put in place today to help ensure the safety of those going to the match tonight.

"This is just one part of our operation where we aim to minimise disruption for the local community and allow fans to enjoy the match safely.

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"We recognise the majority of people will just want to enjoy the game so please listen to any instructions our police officers give you.

"Hopefully we will not need to use these measures, however they are there if we need them to ensure the safety of the public, which is our main priority."

It comes after the police announced they would not be using the controversial 'bubble' scheme this year used when the teams last met at Fratton Park eight years ago.

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