Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles says he hopes that football fans will enjoy the World Cup this summer - without penalties for bad behaviour.
As the build-up to England’s first game in the World Cup, which takes place on Saturday, continues, the Commissioner is hoping that excessive excitement doesn’t lead to excessive behaviour.
“Whichever team people are supporting I hope that they don’t get caught up in the suspense of the moment and forget to watch their alcohol intake. Whether their team wins or loses, it’s no excuse for violence of any kind,” he said.
“Clearly there will be extra people in towns and the City who want to watch the matches with fellow supporters and Derbyshire Police will be on hand to deal with any errant behaviour, but even at home with family and friends, it pays to keep an eye on everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
“I really hope that this year, whatever the outcome of the tournament, the viewers in Derby and Derbyshire don’t end up with a penalty for their behaviour.
“I would also remind people that the summer drink and drive campaign is underway to remind them not to drink and drive, but to be certain, leave the car at home if you are planning to have a drink. No car, no temptation!
“With that in mind, if you are going out to watch a match, plan how you are going to get yourself home afterwards. I hope everyone has a great time and enjoys themselves, but it doesn’t hurt to be drink aware and behave sensibly.
“Sadly, major sporting events such as the World Cup have the potential to bring an increase in reports of domestic abuse and disputes, often due to an over-indulgence in alcohol. Hopefully this year, people can enjoy the football without adverse side-effects for themselves and others.
“I want everyone to remember this World Cup for the right reasons.”
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Posted on Wednesday 11th June 2014