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No Wales or England fans arrested at World Cup

During England and Wales’ World Cup campaigns, there were no police incidents or arrests of British nationals in Qatar.

In order to serve as “cultural interpreters” between fans and the local law enforcement, British police officers were sent to the nation.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, who is in charge of football-related law enforcement in the UK, hailed Qatari fans for their “exemplary behaviour.”

In contrast, there have been 531 occurrences involving football in the UK.

150 of those occurred the night England lost to France in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Since the start of the competition, 115 people have been arrested, most of them are connected to events at licenced locations.

2018’s World Cup in Russia was halfway through when 225 football-related arrests were recorded in the UK.

According to Roberts, Qatar’s alcohol regulations “to some extent” helped control supporters’ behaviour.

“The behaviour of England and Wales out in Qatar was absolutely exemplary,” he said.

“In Russia 2014 there were three arrests but, having two teams in this tournament, we played double the group stage games, including a home nations derby, which underlines the good nature of our fans.”

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