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Reminder to football fans to celebrate Euros Final responsibly

Ahead of England’s nail-biting UEFA European Championship final match against Italy on Sunday, 11 July, Suffolk Police are reminding football fans to behave responsibly and safely.

Officers are urging people to enjoy themselves and the game, but to behave appropriately and respect others at all times.

Chief Inspector Matt Carney says: “There has been a tremendous atmosphere in the lead up to the finals and we want to thank football fans and licensees across Suffolk for their continued support in celebrating the Euros in a responsible and peaceful way.  

“The Euros has been a welcomed opportunity for family and friends to come together and whilst there has been some rowdy behaviour during the tournament, largely people have been in good spirits. We encourage fans to please remain high spirited, to show respect and consideration to other football fans, members of the public and emergency service workers, and to stick to social distancing and the public health regulations.

“If you're keen to watch the match at a pub or other public screening, please respect bar staff and make sure you plan ahead and know how you are getting home at the end of the evening.

“Our priority is to provide a safe environment for everyone to enjoy the football, so we will have extra officers on duty patrolling town centres, as well as known trouble spots, to minimise the risk of any alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and disorder. We ask that people know their limits and look out for each other.

“Overall, we want people to enjoy themselves and make the finals memorable for the right reasons.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see England reach the final of the Euros and I will be joining the nation on Sunday evening willing them on to win. It’ll be a great occasion and a fantastic atmosphere for all supporters, whether they are in Wembley or Suffolk, I’m sure.

“Watching any sport can be thirsty work and it is perfectly natural to enjoy a pint or two when watching the football. We don’t want to spoil the fun we just want to remind everyone to act responsibly – abusive and irresponsible behaviour is not acceptable.  I’d also like to remind drivers to please think twice before getting behind a wheel on Monday morning, it’s likely to be a late evening and the effects of alcohol last longer than many think.

“After the year we’ve had I hope we are now at a stage where people can get out and enjoy the company of friends and family but let’s all make a concerted effort to be sensible and not spoil this newfound freedom.”

If you see a crime take place, you can report the incident via the website https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something 

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Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

Previous release - 9 June 2021

In the lead up to the UEFA European Football Championships, Suffolk Police are urging football fans to enjoy the matches, behave appropriately and respect others.

Officers want everyone to have an enjoyable time during the postponed UEFA Euro 2020 that kicks off on Friday (11 June) but are reminding supporters to celebrate safely and responsibly.

Chief Inspector Matt Carney says: “After a difficult year with lockdown restrictions and not being able to enjoy social interactions, we understand that many are awaiting the Euros with some anticipation. 

“The earlier matches in the tournament take place while some Covid-19 restrictions remain in place, and so we would like to remind everyone to adhere to government guidance. 

“The Euros bring joy and anguish, in equal measures, to fans and we encourage everyone to enjoy the tournament but remember to be considerate, mindful and tolerant of others.

“Alcohol combined with emotion and passion can sometimes lead to incidents of antisocial behaviour and violence, and these have real consequences. There is no excuse for abusive behaviour in any setting, so we urge people to act responsibly.

“If you’re going out to watch the matches, whether that’s in a pub or at any other outdoor screening, remember to look out for your friends and ensure you have arranged how you’re getting home.”

Police will be giving extra support to residents and businesses at match times - offering firm but fair and friendly policing. Officers have written to, and have been working with, licensees who intend to show Euro 2020 games in order to maintain the safety of patrons and staff. 

However, licensed premises showing Euro games also have the responsibility to do so in a safe and responsible manner without adversely impacting on the enjoyment of their customers and the wider public.

Chief Inspector Carney continues: “We would also warn motorists to think about whether they are safe to drive the morning after drinking. There are some mid-week matches and evening kick offs and people need to be aware that the next morning they may still be over the limit.

“By showing respect and consideration for other football fans and members of the public, and taking responsibility for your own actions, we can all make Euro 2020 memorable for the right reasons.”

The public can be reassured that officers are used to policing major events and, where required, will be patrolling trouble spots.

A number of posters aimed at encouraging people to enjoy the tournament safely and responsibly have been put together, and can be found attached in the Downloads section of this page.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner said, “Watching any sport can be thirsty work and it is perfectly natural to enjoy a pint or two when watching the football. We don’t want to spoil the fun we just want to remind everyone to act responsibly – abusive and irresponsible behaviour is not acceptable.  

“After the year we’ve had I hope we are now at a stage where people can get out and enjoy the company of friends and family but let’s all make a concerted effort to be sensible and not spoil this newfound freedom.”

If you see a crime take place, you can report the incident via the website https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something 

Phone – Call 101 

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999