FA chairman blasts England fans’ “disrespectful” behaviour

Date published: Thursday 23rd March 2017 4:06

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has condemned some England fans’ “inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing” behaviour.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was marred by supporters booing the German national anthem and singing distasteful songs referencing the First and Second World Wars.

Press Association Sport understands the FA and police are to review video footage in a bid to identify, and potentially ban, those involved.

Clarke said: “The behaviour of a section of the England support in Dortmund last night was inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing.

“The FA has consistently urged supporters to show respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others.

“Individuals who engage in such behaviour do not represent the overwhelming majority of England fans nor the values and identity we should aspire to as a football nation.

“We are working with the England Supporters Travel Club and speaking with the Football Supporters’ Federation to come together to address this issue.

“Everyone involved in the game has a responsibility to ensure that attending a football match is a safe and enjoyable experience for all.”


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