MARK ROBERTS, Deputy Chief Constable, responsible for policing all football matters in Britain, has expressed a desire for foreign cities to limit alcohol sales to travelling England fans to help prevent hooliganism.
DCC Roberts has said: “There is too big an element who drink and behave obnoxiously.”
When England fans travelled to Sevilla for Monday’s Nations League clash with Spain, numerous incidents of antisocial behaviour were reported including clashes with Spanish police and damage to public property.
DCC Roberts attributes this ‘hooliganism’ to the consumption of alcohol: “There is a significant contingent of people who cannot behave because of alcohol.”
He did, however, acknowledge that those responsible for the trouble leading up to Monday’s game were a small numnber: “It is a minority, but there are far too many, and it would be wrong to try to minimise it as a small minority.”
DCC Roberts has vowed to find a solution to England fans “drinking to excess and becoming disorderly.”
According to the Deputy Chief Constable one possible solution would be to slam disorderly fans with “banning orders”.
However, DCC Roberts identified alcohol as the ‘root’ of the problem which could be controlled through: “licencing restrictions of host cities, whether that is the closure of places, or fans’ ability to buy alcohol from off-licences.”
Warning shots were fired by the National Police last weekend prior to the game on Monday night when England fans trashed the streets of Sevilla.
The Football Association (FA) commented on the reported incidents stating: “We condemn the unacceptable behaviour witnessed in Seville. We urge those following the team to respect our hosts and act in a responsible manner.”