Police call for cocaine users to be banned from football matches after Euro catastrophe

Police want ban on power Football Fans who takes cocaine matches amid concerns that the drug could drive disorder and violence.

Some England supporters were filmed openly smelling the white powder wembley and elsewhere in London during euro 2020 The final, in which a large number of unticketed people entered the stadium.

Mark Roberts, Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary, who is for the National Leadership football police told independent He was seeking changes that would allow police to enforce a football ban order for drug possession.

He said cocaine use was “prevalent” among football fans and had been recognized as a problem by police in stadiums over the years.

“Football reflects increased use of cocaine in wider society but it may inspire some negative behavior,” Mr Roberts said.

“The Football Ban Order law currently specifies issues related to alcohol abuse, and we want to bring it up to date with drug use and make it a trigger in the same way.”

The law allows for sanctions if people have been convicted of specific crimes and the move would prevent violence or disorder.

Relevant offenses include “having alcohol or being intoxicated while entering / trying to enter a ground”, but there is no similar provision for drugs.

Mr Roberts said changing the law “would be useful and would reflect some of the practicalities of what we are seeing”, adding: “It is time for us to review how contemporary some football ban order laws are, as time goes on.” has increased and it is appropriate to review it and check that it is fit for purpose.”

Labor is backing the call, following reports of “shamelessly taking drugs and causing havoc” in football crowds during Euros.

“The law must be changed to keep pace with the real world – and reflect what is causing and contributing to the disorder,” said Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP. “When it comes to football ban orders it must all include the use of illegal drugs.”

Following a tide of racial abuse on England’s footballers after losing to Italy, Boris Johnson announced that the laws would be extended to Online abusers can be banned in the stadium for up to 10 years.

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The Home Office said the law was “put under constant review” but would not say whether it was considering Mr Roberts’ call on drugs.

A behavioral expert questioned whether cocaine use may have played a significant role in the chaos at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final.

Thousands of fans without tickets descended on the stadium and an unknown number were forced inside after drinking and raucous gatherings, clashing violently with stewards and police.

Disorganization was reported across the country in city centers and fan areas. Worst football tournament on record for offense.

University of Kent anthropologist Dr Martha Newson, who specializes in football fandom, said that “cocaine culture” was on the rise.


Cocaine use in football not yet noticed

Dr Martha Newson, football anthropologist

“Alcohol was certainly a central element at Wembley on Sunday, but we also need to consider the role of cocaine,” she said independent.

“My recent research shows that cocaine use among fans is associated with greater fan disorder and violence.

“It would be unusual to have the energy and coordination to drink one day and still push through safety during the day. For a decade or more, many hardcore fans have been using cocaine to keep up their energy in this way. Have done that alcohol can’t. The use of cocaine in football has not been noticed yet.”

Dr Newson published research in May that found that self-reported use of cocaine among football fans was higher than the national average.

Over 60,000 fans buy tickets for Euro 2020 final at Wembley

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Nearly a third of those surveyed said they had seen other people taking a Class A drug at matches in the past year, and 6 percent reported taking it themselves.

“Football fans may be a population where the aggressive consequences associated with cocaine use are amplified,” the newspaper said.

“Cocaine use among football fans is already associated with the creation of a ‘hyper-masculine identity’ and associated aggression.

“Indeed, cocaine has become an element of ‘lad’ culture and fuels competition and aggression from travel to match, along with alcohol, until it ends.”

The research found that football fans who felt “highly attached” to their fellow supporters and took cocaine were “particularly likely to report past aggression toward rivals”.

Dr Newson said it was not possible to say whether cocaine directly caused violence because of the role of other factors, including alcohol and intense social bonding.

But he added: “I think at the moment football has a culture to it, like it does with wine.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “Football-related violence and disorder of any kind will not be tolerated, which is why approximately 1,400 felons are currently barred from participating in games under football ban orders.

“The law is continuously reviewed and this week the prime minister announced it would be extended so that online abusers could be banned in stadiums for up to 10 years.

“Drugs destroy lives, ruin families and harm communities, which is why we’re setting up a new cross-government drugs unit to tackle this issue.”

Violating a football ban order is a criminal offense punishable by a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison or a fine of up to £10,000, or both.

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