Players banned from badge kissing

Police banned MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon players from kissing the badge in front of rival fans when they met in the FA Cup last season.

On the eve of the highly-charged first meeting between descendants of the Crazy Gang who won the Cup 25 years ago, Dons skipper Dean Lewington admitted there was a “sinister side” to the grudge match.

Lewington, son of England coach Roy Hodgson’s No.2 Ray Lewington, revealed: “The build-up to this game has been very different. We’ve had briefings from the FA and the police.

“They have asked us not to incite trouble, and if we score to celebrate in a respectful manner.”

MK Dons expected a near-capacity 17,000 crowd for the live TV showdown, and chairman Pete Winkelman said: “We will have a much bigger police presence and more stewards than usual. My priority is to make sure that everyone stays safe.”

Manager Karl Robinson said: “I like the rivalry, but I won’t accept violence or unnecessary abusive chanting.”

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