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English fans praised for zero arrests or trouble by Qatar police

England fans in Qatar

Zero arrests or incidents of trouble involving England and Wales supporters took place at the World Cup.

Police have hailed the behaviour of those who travelled to Qatar – although it was a different story at home with 531 ‘football-related incidents’.

Officials say 150 of those took place on the evening of England’s quarter-final defeat to France, with 115 football-related arrests made in the UK during the tournament so far.

The head of UK Football Policing has praised those who travelled for their conduct, with his officers now home after England’s departure.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, NPCC Lead for Football Policing, said: ‘The behaviour of England and Wales out in Qatar was absolutely exemplary.

‘Throughout the home nations involvement in the tournament there were no arrests or incidents to report, which is a credit to all those who travelled. In Russia 2018 there were three arrests, but obviously having two teams in this tournament we played double the group stage games, including a home nations derby, which underlines the good nature of our fans.

‘I would also like to praise all the UK officers who travelled out to Qatar for the work they have done in helping to keep British nationals safe during the past four weeks.’

Chief Constable Roberts believes the lack of freely-available alcohol had an impact but is hoping that the scenes will be repeated for the remainder of the campaign in the UK.


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