Euro 2020: Enjoy the final - but don't break the law, say Lancashire Police

Ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final between England and Italy, Lancashire Police are issuing a clear message to all football fans – enjoy the match and have fun, but don’t break the law.

Friday, 9th July 2021, 11:58 am
The police have issued a warning over behaviour and drink and drug driving

Ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final between England and Italy, Lancashire Police are issuing a clear message to all football fans – enjoy the match and have fun, but don’t break the law.

Millions of people across the country will throw their support behind the Three Lions as they bid to end 55 years without a major international trophy.

While most people will enjoy this time sensibly and respectfully, Lancashire Police are ready and prepared to deal with those who choose to spoil things for others through drink and drug-related anti-social behaviour, abuse or violence.

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Ch Insp Mark Morley, from Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations, said: “Sunday’s match is England’s biggest game for more than 50 years.

“We know the vast majority of fans will behave properly and respectfully, but we are reminding them there is a tipping point at which alcohol can significantly affect the way you would normally behave.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy the game safely and have fun, but our message is clear: if you break the law there will be consequences.”

Police are reminding people about:

. The implications of drinking and driving are wider than you may think

. Share a taxi or have a designated driver in your group - some venues even offer free soft drinks to designated drivers

. Be aware that the morning after the night before, you could still be over the limit

. Drug driving carries the same consequences as drink driving

The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

Ch Insp Morley added: “Think twice about your behaviour leading up to, during and after the final –your actions could have significant impact for you, your family and others.

“Excessive drinking or the taking of illegal drugs can have a substantial impact on your behaviour.

“No matter how you’re celebrating the summer, whether it’s a BBQ with family or watching the match with your mates, we hope you have a great time.

“But our message is clear: If you break the law, there will be consequences.”