South Yorkshire prepares to watch Three Lions roar

Date published: 06 July 2018 09:33
Dated: 06 July 2018 10:25:19

Hands up, who thought England would make the quarter finals of the World Cup? Ok, a few of you but did you think we’d be facing Sweden?

That’s the challenge standing in the way of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions for a place in next week’s semi finals, and the countdown starts today with the two huge games as Uruguay play France before Brazil take on Belgium.

It’s going to be a busy few days in pubs and bars across South Yorkshire and we want everyone to have a great time, wherever, however and with whoever you’re planning to watch the games.

Feel free to #copaselfie with our officers while out this weekend

Feel free to #copaselfie with our officers while out this weekend

Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley, the officer leading the force’s World Cup operation, said: “It’s been an incredible tournament so far and the vast majority of people have behaved superbly, really getting into the games, enjoying time with friends, and experiencing the usual rollercoaster of emotions with England!

“Of course, as England progress, the excitement naturally builds and people can get a bit carried away when having a few drinks. Don’t be surprised to see officers working in key locations across the county. They’re on hand to keep you safe and to deal quickly with anyone intent on spoiling the party atmosphere.

“Before, during and after the match against Sweden, irrespective of the result on the pitch, please plan your day and your journey home, respect your environment and remember that not everyone is a football fan. Have fun, enjoy a drink or two but know your limit and don’t let alcohol ruin your judgment.

“Enjoy the match, fingers crossed for another England victory, preferably without penalties, and if you see our officers out and about, make sure to say hello and share your photos with us. It’s been really hot work recently and I know that your kindness and good nature is really appreciated.”

Our England #DrinkSafe XI top tips

Our England #DrinkSafe XI top tips

Follow our England #DrinkSafe XI top tips to keep it fun and help you celebrate the tournament safely.

From everyone at Team SYP, good luck to Gareth Southgate, the England team and in particular, our South Yorkshire stars Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Jamie Vardy. We’re really proud of you all!

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