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Police stop Wolves fans going for a song.

Wolverhampton Wanderers fans attending tomorrow's Black Country derby against West Bromwich Albion will be searched for crude song sheets mocking Baggies' striker Lee Hughes.

Police have threatened to arrest any Wolves supporter who joins in the offensive chant, that is sung to the tune of My Old Man's A Dustman.

But one of the targets of their derision, Hughes' lap dancing fiancee Donna Nisbet, will be absent from the Hawthorns. It emerged last night that the couple have split after a whirlwind romance.

The 23-year-old player and the dancer have called off their three-month engagement with Hughes saying Miss Nisbet felt uncomfortable with recent publicity.

He said: "We have decided to go our separate ways. It's sad but we both agreed it was for the best. I don't think Donna was particularly happy with all the limelight that comes with football."

Mr Bill Hughes, Hughes's father, confirmed the couple had decided to go their separate ways due to the pressures of their respective lives.

The police threat to prosecute foul-mouthed football fans is an unusual one. Manchester United star David Beckham is regularly on the receiving end of offensive chants from fans because of his marriage to Posh Spice.

But a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said it had never received any specific requests from Old Trafford to clamp down on the abuse.

Supt Bruce Gilbert, the head of Sandwell North police station, warned fans to be on their best behaviour at the Hawthorns tomorrow.

"If a fan sings obscene and abusive songs during the game they will render themselves liable to arrest and ejection from the ground.

"There will be cameras on the crowd and any trouble makers or ringleaders will be removed from the derby and subsequently face legal action.

"People need to realise that we are serious and they cannot presume themselves to be above the law," he said.

It is a criminal offence to sing indecent or racist songs in a designated football ground.

However, Hughes himself has dismissed the chants, claiming that the more the opposition wind him up, the more he is determined to do well and score goals.

The police have been consulting with West Bromwich Albion about the singing crackdown and have the club's full support.
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Author:Blakemore, Sophie
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 30, 1999
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