NPCC football policing lead thanks fans for exemplary behaviour at Ireland v England match
Following yesterday’s 0-0 draw in the Ireland v England friendly in Dublin, the police officer charged with overseeing the UK’s football policing response has thanked fans on both sides for contributing to an incident-free weekend in Ireland’s capital.
National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Football Policing, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said:
"I am delighted by the outcomes thus far in terms of security around the Ireland v England match at the Aviva Stadium and across Dublin over the weekend.
"There were no incidents of disorder in Dublin on Saturday or Sunday nights, and a very good atmosphere inside the stadium for yesterday’s match, which was undoubtedly helped by an early kick-off time which meant access to pubs and off-licences was limited. I am convinced that early kick-offs are a useful tactic to deploy for high-risk matches.
"In addition, the security measures back in Britain have been successful, with a 96% compliance rate on passport surrender. I know that enforcement activity has already commenced in some areas for those who failed to comply.
"In all, I think the security operation around this match has been a success and I want to thank all those who helped that happen.
"I would like to thank our colleagues in An Garda Síochána for the welcome they have extended to me and my team and for the superb security operation they mounted. However, while many and varied views have been expressed about the match itself, maximum credit must be given to the fans on both sides who contributed to a warm, friendly atmosphere and, however they chose to enjoy themselves while in Dublin, did not compromise anyone’s security in doing so. I will continue to work with the FA and other partners in the footballing world to ensure that England’s fans project this reputation from here on out."