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Police warn England fans not to be ‘a d***’ and sing 10 German bombers at Euro 2024


England fans caused havoc at Euro 2016 in France

England fans caused havoc at Euro 2016 in France (Picture: Getty)

England fans have been warned not to be ‘a d***’ and chant ‘10 German Bombers’ during the upcoming European Championships.

The Three Lions begin their campaign in 10 day’s time when they face Serbia in Gelsenkirchen.

Thousands of England fans are expected to make the pilgrimage to Germany to watch Gareth Southgate’s men go one better than they did three years ago when they lost in the final to Italy at Wembley.

Defeat in a penalty shootout was largely overshadowed by the disgraceful scenes that preceded the game which saw ticketless fans attempt to storm the turnstiles.

This summer’s tournament represents the first European Championships to be played in front of full capacity stadiums since 2016 where large number of England fans disgraced themselves with acts of hooliganism in Marseille, prior to a game against Russia.

An unprecedented policing operation will attempt to keep trouble to a minimum over the course of the next month, but the prospect of potential clashes was only heightened by footage that emerged from Monday’s friendly against Bosnia at St James’ Park.

A large section of fans were heard singing the offensive chant which mocks German casualties during the Second World War.

England and Russia fans clashed at Euro 2016 (Picture: Getty)

Fans pulled down barriers ahead of kick-off at the Euro 2020 final (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)

Fans forced their way in through disabled entrances and fire exits (Picture: Getty)

Head of the local Gelsenkirchen police force, Peter Both, confessed his officers would be powerless to make arrests based just on the offensive song, but has urged fans to refrain in an effort to maintain the peace.

He told Telegraph Sport: ‘That’s what I would say to them: Don’t be a d—. If they sing a song like this, I can’t change it. It’s not punishable in Germany.

‘I hope that all the other peaceful and law-abiding fans say to them: ‘Stop it.’”

He added: ‘I know, and all people in Germany know, there is a long-lasting sporting rivalry between England and Germany. But it’s important for me to say it’s only a sporting one.

‘Our countries have been, and remain, allies for over seven decades.’

He added: ‘If we talk about showing the Hitler salute, it’s absolutely unbearable and intolerable. We have to tell them it’s punishable and criminal in Germany.’

What has Gareth Southgate said about England fans chanting?

Gareth Southgate has criticised England fans who have misbehaved in the past (Picture: Getty)

The FA gave life bans to some fans and suspended more from the England Supporters’ Club following a friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

‘It’s unacceptable, completely unacceptable,’ said the England manager following what transpired the first defeat of his reign back in 2017

“We’ve moved on from those times, or should have moved on from those times. They don’t represent us as a team, the people who do that.

‘I want to be very specific, because I don’t want it to be ‘our fans’ as a …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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