Belfast Telegraph

Friday 4 September 2015

UK police stand by for England game

Published 22/06/2014

British police are helping Brazilian officers with policing England's last World Cup match
British police are helping Brazilian officers with policing England's last World Cup match

British police will be working with Brazilian officers to ensure there is no trouble from "dejected" English football fans during the country's last World Cup match.

England fans have been left in low spirits as the team crashed out of the tournament after losing their first two group matches against Italy and Uruguay.

But the team are set to hit the pitch again on Tuesday, where they will come up against surprise group leaders Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.

A team of seven specialist officers from Britain have flown out to Brazil to help the South Americans with their policing ahead of the clash.

Paddy Cooper, a spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said they have not had any reports of unruly behaviour from England fans and expect the match to be peaceful - despite the fans' disappointment at England's early exit.

He said: "We are aware fans are feeling a bit low and dejected, but we have had no trouble from them so far. We are not anticipating any trouble from them at all.

"There have been no arrests so far."

He said English football had "turned a corner" and was shedding its once infamous reputation for violence and hooliganism.

He said this was "a testament" to measures such as Football Banning Orders, which weed out trouble-makers by banning them from matches at home and abroad if they are convicted of a football-related offence.

He said: "I think football has turned a corner. Obviously the reputation that exists from decades ago lingers because it was so serious, but we need to start putting that behind us.

"We haven't seen any of the sort of chaos we would have seen 20 or 30 years ago."

A team of seven specialist officers, led by C hief Superintendent Rachel Barber of South Yorkshire Police, have been in Brazil since the beginning of the tournament helping with policing and intelligence-gathering.

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