POLICE have appealed for England supporters in the Dispatch district to be well-behaved for the crucial Euro 2012 quarter-final against Italy on Sunday (June 24).
Excitement is mounting as England surprisingly clinched their position at the top of their group with a 1-0 victory over host nation Ukraine in Donetsk, with Wayne Rooney, back in the side after suspension, heading the crucial goal on Tuesday.
A police spokesman said: “We want people to enjoy supporting England but to watch how much they drink. It is important that everybody remains safe.”
An increased police presence is likely in Hucknall town centre as fans flock to pubs and clubs to watch televised coverage of the match on Sunday. This will continue if England progress.
Extra officers patrolled High Street when England played Germany in the World Cup two years ago and the televised match was shown in town-centre pubs.
However, no trouble was reported — even though England lost 4-1.
“We want to see the same responsible attitude shown with the present competition,” said the police spokesman.
Ironically, England could end up playing arch rivals Germany again if both teams reach the semi-finals.
After England midfielder Frank Lampard had a goal disallowed in the World Cup defeat by Germany, even though the ball clearly crossed the line, a letter-writer to the Dispatch called for video technology to be used.
It is interesting that the same controversy has arisen again after Marko Devic’s strike for Ukraine against England was deemed to have crossed the line despite John Terry’s acrobatic clearance.