England manager Gareth Southgate urges fans to behave ahead of Germany game
Gareth Southgate has called on England fans to behave ahead of Tuesday’s Nations League tie with Germany in Munich – admitting any pre-match issues always have a negative impact on his side.
The PA news agency understands that police confiscated 880 England supporters’ passports ahead of the match, which follows Saturday’s 1-0 defeat in Hungary.
England received an allocation of 3,466 at the Allianz Arena, but some supporters are expected to have traveled without tickets or purchased those on sale at local sections of the stadium.
Bad weather could limit major pre-match clashes, but a police delegation will be sent to Munich to join forces with local law enforcement, with Football Association security advisers also at the stadium and in the town.
I think we know from the scenery at the moment that the floodlights are going to be on, so we all want to come away talking about a brilliant night and talking about good football and a stunning atmosphere.
Since September 2019, a full England allowance has not traveled to an away game and there are currently 1,122 banning orders in place.
When asked if it was important for England fans to behave on a big occasion in Germany, Southgate replied: “Yes it is.
“I think we know from the scenery at the moment that the floodlights are going to be on, so we all want to come away talking about a brilliant night and talking about good football and a stunning atmosphere.
“We have no control over it. We can only ask that this is what our supporters deliver.
There have been more than 70,000 checks on applications for England Supporters Travel Club membership since 2014, as authorities seek to prevent known troublemakers from attending away matches.
Dozens of England fans were arrested in Amsterdam ahead of a friendly win over Holland in March 2018, with the coronavirus pandemic severely limiting the chances of following the Three Lions abroad recently.
Southgate said such behavior leading to matches affects the team and he is “embarrassed” when it happens.
“It definitely has an impact,” he said. “Staff are working on things that interfere with the essence of their work. You are embarrassed when you hear about it, because you know it is a representation of your country.
“Likewise, there has been a brilliant performance of this across the world in recent days (for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations).
“So we are always aware of that. I think we can only give the right messages – that’s when you have to rely on people to behave.
“I think we have supporters from all parts of the country traveling with flying colors and leaving foreign countries with a great feeling for England and England supporters.
“We know that there have always been others who do it in a different way, and it has been the same for about forty years. We still have to try to control this as best we can and make sure that we continue to stop people from doing these things. It’s not easy to control, frankly.
Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips echoed Southgate’s comments, calling on fans to show respect when traveling.
“I think there are a lot of problems,” he said. “There will always be problems, but we want our fans to go there and respect Munich and be respectful in another country.
“We expect the same return. When Germany came to our country, it was very respectful.
“The fans support us well and when they behave well and when they act like real fans, which they always do, I think there is no problem with them.”
The England Supporters Travel Club issued a statement through the FA for those traveling to Munich, also calling on fans to behave on their best terms.
“This will be the Three Lions’ biggest away ticket allocation since supporters were allowed to return to the pitch,” it read. “Naturally there is a lot of excitement around the game.
“English players always talk about the privilege of representing their country. It’s no different for us as fans.
“Whenever we travel abroad, we have the honor of wearing the three Lions and being the nation’s ambassadors.
“If you witness xenophobic, racist, homophobic or anti-social behavior before, during or after the game, you can report it confidentially. Please know that the FA will always investigate reports of inappropriate behavior during a game against England.
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