Police call on England fans to repeat their behaviour at the World Cup amid concerns before Nations League Finals
- Police want England fans to repeat their behaviour at the World Cup next year
- Supporters won praise during the Three Lions’ unexpected run to the semi-finals
- That was sandwiched between ugly scenes in Holland and recently in Seville
Police have called on England fans to repeat their behaviour at the World Cup when they head to the Nations League Finals next year.
Supporters won praise during the Three Lions’ unexpected run to the semi-final in the summer.
However, that was sandwiched between ugly scenes at a friendly in Holland and at the Nations League group match in Spain.
Police want England fans to repeat their World Cup behaviour at the Nations League Finals
And earlier this week Sportsmail revealed that there are fears trouble may rear its head again at the four-match finale in Portugal next summer.
The proximity of the venue and relatively cheap cost of travelling there – coupled with a surge in popularity for the national team – means thousands are expected to follow England at the Nations League finals.
Following the draw next month, FA officials will meet with police counterparts to help draw up a plan. And Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the lead on football policing in the country, wants a Russian repeat.
‘What we want to see in Portugal is a return of fan behaviour as it was in Russia last summer – fans helping to create a friendly and celebratory atmosphere,’ he said. ‘We are, however, conscious we could return to the behaviour displayed in Amsterdam and Seville.
Video footage showed England fans running riot in Seville ahead of last month’s international
‘The mindless behaviour of a minority of travelling fans there was disappointing to see and will undoubtedly influence the way in which future venues and local police plan for and approach England supporters ahead of the tournament in 2019.’
Restricted sales of booze could come into play and Roberts believes that alcohol, rather than organised thuggery, is behind most issues.
‘We will be working closely with the FA and the local police force in preparations for the forthcoming tournament,’ he said.
‘Where appropriate, we will always seek to use the banning order legislation against those seen to be involved in football-related disorder, and there may be conversations to be had around licensing restrictions as it is clear alcohol is often at the root of the problem.’