Lillestrom/Oslo (VG) Lillestrom fans chanted rudely about former coach Geir Bakke on the way to the derby against Valerenga. At 10am, the VIF fans were sent back to Oslo.
The Police have ample resources for the Eliteserie derby between Lillestrøm and Vålerenga on Sunday at 2.30pm at Åråsen Stadium.
This match between the two arch rivals is expected to be even more heated, as coach Geir Pak left Lillestrom for Valerenga during this season.
As the Lillestrom fans marched together from the center towards Åråsen, they sang hoarsely and agitated about Geir Bakke in unison. Later, when the Vålerenga coach took to the pitch to warm up, boos erupted from the home fans.
“It’s special,” Pak tells TV2.
Vålerenga captain Stefan Strandberg was given a special charge for the derby. He became a father on Saturday, which he described as a wonderful experience TV 2.
– There’s been little sleep the last two days. A little sick chair in the hospital. Preparations for this match can’t go wrong, but I’ll go out and warm up and feel what the body feels like. So I hope I can contribute,” Strandberg tells TV 2.
The national team’s centre-back starts the match.
Already before 10 a.m., more than a hundred Vålerenga supporters arrived at the train station in Lillestrom. They were initially detained at the station by police. The police asked the fans to turn around and then return in smaller groups.
The police then led the Vålerenga fans onto the path of another train. At 10.29 the fans were on a train to Oslo from Lillestrom.
– They had plans to walk towards the stadium, and this is not desirable. “We are sending them back for fear of chaos,” Trond Lorentzen, the police’s chief of operations, told VG.
– When you get large gatherings that appear to be moments of disruption, it is normal for them to be brought back again.
Police said earlier Sunday that except for some signs and markings last night, there was no noise.
-We take into account that there may be challenges. “We have a lot of crew members on duty to deal with any incidents,” Lorenzen said.
Photographers covering the match have been told they are not allowed to sit in front of the VIF fans, but must sit outside next to the corner flags. The reason is the danger of flares and missiles.
At Martins bar in Lillestrom city centre, the Canaries were already recharging for the most important match of the season as of 10am.
This is what it looked like when the Lillestrom fans walked from midfield onto the field:
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