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Police ask England fans to behave after tomorrow's World Cup semi-final

Police received reports of at least 387 incidents and 70 arrests on Saturday.

England fans in Russia.
England fans in Russia.
Image: Owen Humphreys/AP

BRITISH POLICE HAVE warned World Cup fans to behave ahead of a semi-final clash with Croatia, saying there had been “significant disorder” after England’s win over Sweden.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said it had received reports of at least 387 incidents and 70 arrests around the country following Saturday’s game.

“It is incredibly disheartening to see over 300 incidents of alcohol fuelled disorder from a minority of mindless individuals,” Mark Roberts, head of football policing for the NPCC, said in a statement.

“Shops were damaged, people were abused and assaulted and others climbed on buses and cars, causing damage to vehicles and in some cases, themselves,” he said.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Roberts said: “We want people to celebrate and enjoy themselves but not at the expense of law-abiding fans and emergency services’ resources”.

In one incident on Saturday, an ambulance parked on a London street was damaged by fans jumping up and down on it. In another, fans celebrated in an Ikea store.

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Millwall fans set up a crowdfunding page that raised more than £9,000 to repair the vehicle.

“At the Millwall Supporters Club we think it is very important to help our local community, so we want to help to raise funds to help with the repair,” the fan club said on the page.

© – AFP, 2018

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