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'Know your limits' - Football fans urged to enjoy England game in 'considerate and tolerant way'

PUBLISHED: 12:15 11 July 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates victory against Sweden Photo: PA

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates victory against Sweden Photo: PA

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Football fans in Suffolk are being urged to remember tonight's big England game "for the right reasons" - not because they spent it in a police cell.

Suffolk Constabulary has thanked fans for their “excellent behaviour” during the World Cup so far – and reminded people to “behave appropriately and respect others at all times”.

The advice comes ahead of tonight’s semi-final match against Croatia, which kicks off at 7pm.

With many supporters going out to watch the game, police said they were aware the combination of alcohol and emotions can sometimes lead to an increase in public order offences.

Officers are also reiterating previous advice to fans of staying safe, sticking with their friends, and making sensible plans for returning home after the match.

Chief Insp Matt Rose said: “Win or lose, we ask that everyone thinks about the consequences of any behaviour or disorder.

“We want people to remember the match for the right reasons and not because you spent it under arrest and in a police cell.

“Up to now we have had no reports of serious disorder following England’s games and we thank everyone who has followed the matches so far for their sensible behaviour. People have enjoyed the football passionately with great enthusiasm but also respectfully as well.

“We would encourage everyone to enjoy the semi-final occasion, but in a considerate and tolerant way. We will have extra officers on duty to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour or criminality.”

Suffolk Constabulary’s message to football fans is to be aware that excessive drinking can have very damaging consequences and to “know your limits”.

“Remember friends stick with friends and drink or drive,” a police spokesman added.

Officers also said “we always take reports of domestic abuse seriously”.

People who need police help should visit its website or call 101. In an emergency dial 999.

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