Belfast Telegraph

England v Wales: Keep aggression on the pitch - Chris Coleman

By Phil Blanche

Chris Coleman wants the aggression at the England-Wales game in Euro 2016 to start and end on the pitch. Wales manager Coleman echoed the sentiments of Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney, who appealed directly to England fans to "stay out of trouble" following Uefa's threat to expel the team from the tournament.

The England manager and captain urged supporters to do everything in their power to avoid repeats of the violent scenes which marred their time in Marseille.

And Coleman made a similar appeal to Wales fans ahead of Thursday's Group B showdown at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.

"All we want from Welsh fans is what they always give us," said Coleman.

"That's full support, have a great time, enjoy it. Don't get caught up with anything untoward, because they're representing Wales also."

Coleman said he hoped the events of Marseille, where England and Russia clashed both inside and outside the stadium, would not be repeated.

However, the French authorities are on full alert with Russia and Slovakia playing in nearby Lille on Wednesday night.

Lille is less than 40 kilometres from Lens and many England and Wales fans are staying in the town ahead of their game the following evening. "We want all fans from all countries to come and support the event and enjoy themselves," said Coleman.

"Back your team 100 per cent, but aggression should start on the pitch and end on the pitch. Off the pitch there should be no aggression.

"Unfortunately, the mindless minority do not paint the real picture. In Bordeaux our fans, the Slovakian fans and the French fans enjoyed the experience together"

Belfast Telegraph